Organza fabric is a light sheer fabric that was originally made from silk. The modernized version of the organza fabric, however, can be created not only with silk but also polyester or nylon, or even a blend of the three. While the look and feel of Organza Fabric are similar to silk, it is a lot thinner and is made of a plain weave. Organza is also known for being a lightweight material as well as being a crisp and stiff fabric, making it ideal for evening wear like sarees.
Sources of Inspiration
The need for creating a sheer fabric saree in silk arose out of the need of upping fashion trends. Sheer fabrics were required for the creation of sarees, outer layers of sarees or multiple layers in saree. Till date, the underlying principle of the use of Organza fabrics remains the same while the uses have diversified beyond imagination. Sarees made up of Organza are smooth and soft.
Traditionally made from yarn, Organza is created by tightly twisting separate yarns and then weaving them to provide texture and sheen to the material and exclusively used in making sarees. The yarn is first combed and then treated with acid to add crispness, though the material is stiffer than most, it isn’t rough and doesn’t fray easily.
In order to create a saree from organza, either fully or partially, there are certain defining factors such as seam appearance, seam pucker and seam stiffness that need to be incorporated. These can easily be altered by using different pressing machines and the weight of the fabric & this makes the saree heavy, rich looking and elegant.
Style And Variety
There are many varieties within the Organza sarees, depending upon colors, texture and appearance of the material.
Traditional Organza is also known as Pure Organza or Silk Organza. It is named as such because the filaments in the yarn are the pure silk and not blends of any sort. However, broadly, modern day production of Organza can be categorized as semi-synthetic or fully synthetic. Semi-synthetic Organza saree is created with a blend of silk and nylon or polyester whereas fully synthetic Organza saree is made purely of synthetic fibers of either nylon or polyester. The cost of both of these synthetic varieties is cheaper than pure Organza or silk organza and is also more affordable at the time of purchase. They are also more durable than pure Silk Organza saree.
Other variations in Organza saree are based on the weave and the consequent visual effect they provide to the saree. For instance, loose weaves result in translucent, rich, sheer-looking textile.
Organza can also be differentiated on the basis of the usage. Silk Organza is popularly used in the creation of sarees of bridal wear. It is used to embellish the gown by adding frills and laces. It is usually placed as the layers on the sarees or overall saree with a more solid textile as the under-layers as the translucence of Organza is perfect for the overall vibe of a wedding.
Wearing The Organza Saree
Organza, as mentioned above, is stiff and is used for layering or whole saree, therefore adding volume to the lower body. It is often used for making flared sarees in multiple layers; layered sarees are a perfect example of the use of Organza in bridal wear and wedding wear.
Since organza in itself is so light & elegant and gives an ethereal appearance to the wearer, it can be accessorized with jewelry in precious metals and precious stones. Diamonds and platinum are especially ideal for the kind of exquisite saree that use organza prominently.
As the fabric is so fine and thin, it can snag very easily & therefore, it is essential to make very careful, measured movements when wearing the saree. When in the wardrobe, it should be wrapped in muslin along with mothballs, to protect from insect-damage. Although the individual filaments are strong in the semi and fully synthetic varieties, it should be hand washed in gentle suds as the material itself is very thin, especially if it is silk organza. Even though the fabric is stiff, it can easily be washed and ironed.
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