Organza fabric is a light sheer material that was originally made using silk fibers. Contemporary Organza fabrics however, can be created not only with silk but also polyester or nylon or even a lighter natural fiber like cotton. While the look and feel is similar to silk or cotton, the fabric is a lot thinner and is constructed by a plain weave. This fabric is known for its many fine and luscious qualities that make it as popular (if not more), as georgette and chiffon. It is not only light weight, it is also crisp and stiff, making it ideal to create evening wear and party wear dresses such as sarees and salwar kameez. Besides being used heavily in Indian ethnic fashion, it is also used in making costumes, underskirts, lingerie and items for home décor and interior design.
Silk Organza fabric is one of the most desirable, high-end fabrics around the globe, but is especially important in Indian ethnic wear due to its malleability and splendid looks. It is made by blending silk fibers with nylon and polyester. The higher the content of silk in the fabric, the richer it is. The look of a saree made using silk Organza fabric is similar to that of sheer or net; however, the weave of the material is a lot more translucent and lustrous. One of the many reasons for its popularity is the fabric’s ability to take on the silhouette of the wearer and at the same time be flattering. Women from around the country have begun purchasing silk Organza ethnic wear since its grand reception on international runways. As silk is not only a luscious fabric but also an expensive one, designers from around the globe have begun using artificial silk or Art Silk substitutes in Organza sarees. This lowers the cost of production but does not compromise on the exquisiteness and beauty of the saree. Many women have a preference for Art Silk Organza for these reasons. Whether made of artificial silk fibers or pure silk fibres, there are a plethora of colors that one can go for in a saree, salwar kameez or lehenga choli set made from silk organza, right from warm and col hues to pastels and metallic shades.
Embroidered silk Organza fabric is another option that is heavily explored by young women. This fabric sports intricate and delicate embroidery on the fabric itself, which is later used to create an ethnic wear garment. Embroidered Organza fabric can be of two types based on the openness of the weave. While lighter embroidery is reserved for more open, translucent weaves, heavier work is done on more solid, tighter weaves. This choice in the embroidery style is based on the looseness of the weave as the lighter organza might snag during the process of embroidery. There is an equal market for both these types of embroidered fabrics. Based on the creative vision of the designer, both these fabrics have been used in the creation of different types of ethnic wear garments. Women prefer the former fabric for semi-formal events and parties as the look of the fabric is such, while the latter is a more popular choice for formal events such as weddings. Embroidered silk Organza is popularly used in the creation of bridal wear in India.
Cotton organza fabric is yet another choice available in the Indian ethnic garments market. This fabric makes use of cotton fibers and imbibes the best of both worlds. While it is still as translucent and gossamer-thin in its appearance, it is also tauter and firmer in its fall, in contrast to the silk variant. This fabric is heavily used in the creation of formal Indian ethnic wear garments, many of which can be worn to the workplace, meetings and conferences.
Organza Fabric Types and Varieties
Since Organza in itself is very light and flowing, the jewelry that can be paired with it can be heavier. Pieces in Kundan jewelry, Meenakari jewelry and Polki can always be used to add magnificence to the look. These jewelry styles are traditional and when worn in contrast to a modern fabric, can harmoniously fuse the two styles together to create a wholesome look of sophistication and opulence. However, modern jewelry pieces in white gold, diamond and platinum go equally well with organza fabric to create an ethereal look.
One of the other aspects of styling an organza fabric is to experiment with drapes, whether it is that of a designer saree or of the dupatta from a lehenga choli or salwar kameez set. Red, white, beige and black organza fabric, for instance, form a great base for experimentation with the drape as these are staple, solid colors that can be styled easily and accessorized to balance out the whole look, as opposed to other, more specific hues that look better when styled in limited ways.