Georgette Fabric

Georgette Fabric: All You Need To Know

Named after the famous dressmaker Georgette de la Plante, Georgette is a crepe fabric. It is sheer, lightweight, and dull-finished. Originally, woven from silk textile, it has been shifted to the use of synthetic fibers such as rayon and polyester to fit the modern preferences. It is mainly known for its crinkly surface which is created by alternating S- and Z-twist yarns in warp and weft, hence it is made from highly twisted yarns.

Georgette Crepe

Georgette is easy to dye and has a dull-rough texture. It is flowy and drapey, so it best suited to loose flowing garments. Georgette woven out of silk is relatively delicate, but varieties made with synthetic fibers are more resilient to damage. Georgette has been inspired by a similar kind of material- chiffon. The basic difference is that it is less lustrous and springier than chiffon. Know more about the differences here.

Georgette fabric can be found in both prints and solids and is used for trimmings, saris, evening gowns, dresses, and blouses. The fabric is also used to accessorize designs such as strings, waist belts, bows, scarves, veils. Usually, this fabric gives out a crushed or twisted feel which produces effects that tend to bring out more of the physique of the woman wearing it. It has become a fixture of high fashion, particularly in the evening and bridal wear.

Characteristics of Georgette-

  1. Lightweight and Breathable
  2. Strong and Durable
  3. Is a strong absorbent
  4. Crinkled
  5. Sheer
  6. Drapes easily
  7. It has bounce and slight stretch to it.
  8. It is used for dresses, sarees, or home décor.

Types of Georgette-

  1. Georgette – It is a traditional type of georgette, sheer, and grainy. It is referred to as Crepe Georgette.
  2. Double Georgette– Silk double Georgette is a thicker variety of georgette that is still somewhat translucent with a nice drape.
  3. Stretch Georgette– Stretch Georgette incorporates spandex or other elastic components into the weave for added stretch.
  4. Satin Georgette– It is on the heavier side of the fabric. It uses a satin weave, which gives it a shinier finish. It is fluid and has a lovely sheen.
  5. Jacquard Georgette– It is woven on a jacquard loom. Its patterns are stable, strong, and durable, and it gives the fabric an added strength.
  6. Polyester Georgette– Polyester Georgette, or poly georgette, is simply Georgette made from polyester.
  7. Embroidered Georgette – The fabric is embellished with sequins, beadwork, or threads.

Maintenance and Care

You should follow special care while washing Georgette fabric. Keep the following in mind-

  1. It should be dry-cleaned or washed by hand.
  2. Never use a washing machine to wash georgette.
  3. Use mild detergent in cold water.
  4. Over-exposure to sunlight can cause the fabric to lose its color.
  5. Lay the item flat to dry.

Facts about the Georgette Fabric-

  1. Pure georgette is quite expensive.
  2. Traditionally Georgette garments were only worn by the royal families as they were used to denote the class.
  3. The ‘faux Georgette’ can be identified with the roughness of the material. Pure georgette is on the softer side than others.
  4. Compared to Pure Georgette, Faux Georgette is almost five times cheaper.

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