Organza is a high-breathability, low density plain weave fabric that has become increasingly popular for its delicate and elegant appearance. The term organza is related to the word organzine, which in general refers to any kind of silk thread created by using a simple twist spinning method. Organza, like other silk fabrics, has its origin along the Silk Roads, an ancient trading path bridging the gap between China and Europe. But surprisingly the term organza or organzine is not derived from the Chinese dialect, but from a small town named Urgang, based in Turkestan, renowned for the ancient silk markets.
Uses of Organza
Organza is typically used for household textiles such as curtains, tablecloths, and decorative accents due to its lightweight and flimsy texture. Organza's lightweight and semitransparent element makes it also commonly used as an overlay on a thicker garment to add an extra dimension of texture and sophistication, like wedding gowns, evening wear and similar other fabrics. With its unique qualities, organza remains a popular choice for designers and consumers alike.
Organza is extremely prone to damage because it is so light and thin. This article will guide you on how to take care of your precious organzas.
Typically, Organza material is given to the dry cleaners to take care of as it seems like a fabric that will need the gentle & delicate care that only dry cleaners can give. However, with Ethiek Silk & Wool detergent with its zero enzyme formulation, organza can be now cleaned at home.
How to wash organza at home?
Always follow the wash care label of the garment – check if its safe to machine wash or it must be hand washed.
Before washing, a patch test is always a great idea. So, start by water testing a small piece of organza with the Ethiek Silk & Wool detergent to examine the water reaction and or / colour bleeding. Once the patch test is successful, either hand wash or machine wash the organza garment in a delicate cycle in the washing machine.
Follow the steps given below to hand wash organza fabric at home:
1. Add one cap of Ethiek Silk & Wool detergent into the bucket containing cold water.
2.The organza garment should now be gently soaked in the water for a period of approximately thirty minutes.
3. After that, properly rinse the garment in cold running water to remove all the detergent.
Similarly, if washing in the washing machine, pour one cap of Ethiek Silk & Wool detergent in the washing machine along with the garments and run it in a delicate cycle.
Now that you have washed your organzas, it's time to dry them.
How to dry organza at home?
Do not wring the Organza garment too much. Half fold the garment and dry it in a hanger away from direct sunlight. If wash care label permits, tumble dry organza in low heat. Now if you do tumble-dry, take out the garment when it's still slightly damp, and smooth out the wrinkles and creases of the cloth. This step will make the ironing easier.
How to iron organza?
If you can avoid ironing altogether, it's better. Otherwise always use steam press and only steam the organza from afar to get rid of the creases.
How to store organza?
There is one rule set in stone when it comes to storing organza, do not hang it in the closet, as it can lead to permanent creases. Moreover the fabric is so delicate that it can get damaged just by brushing up against other garments in the closet. And it is a very challenging task to do repair work on organza.
To avoid all the above events, store your organzas inside a box, or a closed shelf, or a drawer. While folding, layer the cloth with acid-free white tissue paper, to avoid creases and color bleeding. Store your organzas in a dry and cool place, do not store it inside a plastic bag, as the plastic bag can trap moisture which can lead to mold growth.