Organza is a light sheer fabric that was originally made from silk. The modernized version of the 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 is 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, wedding gowns, costumes and underskirts. Besides fashion, organza also finds use in home décor and interior designing.

Although it was originally made of silk, the need for creating a fabric with greater tensile strength but the same gossamer look resulted in the use of nylon and polyester threads, either completely or partially in the creation. Nowadays, different appeals can be created by modifying the weave of the filaments.

Traditionally made from yarn, Organza is created by tightly twisting separate yarns and then weaving them to provide texture and sheen to the material. The yarn is first combed and then treated with acid to add crispness. Even though the material is stiffer than most, it isn’t rough and doesn’t fray easily.

There are many varieties within the Organza fabric, depending upon colors, texture and appearance of the material.

Organza as a fabric is so light and airy that it is ideal for bridal wear. It is popularly used in the creation of wedding and party-wear lehengas. Custom tailoring of bridal lehengas is the best option when looking at using this fabric.

Organza, as mentioned above, is stiff and is used for layering of the gown or the skirt, therefore adding volume to the lower body. It is often used for making flared skirts in multiple layers; layered lehengas are a perfect example of the use of Organza in bridal wear and wedding wear.

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 fabric. When in the closet, it should be wrapped in muslin along with moth balls, to protect from insect-damage. Although the individual filaments are strong (at least 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 pressed.