Definition of Pongee

Fiber: Silk, cotton, rayon.

Weave: Plain.

Characteristics: Originally from China and originally woven on hand looms in the home. Light or medium weight. Tan or ecru in color. Woven "in the gum". Some is dyed, but color is not quite uniform. Some printed. warp is finer and more even than filling. Nubs or irregular cross ribs produced by uneven yarns. It is woven from wild tussah silk and it is a "raw silk".

Uses: Dresses, ensembles, blouses, summer suits, in a medium weight. It used to be a great deal for drapery linings. Pongee cotton is made of combed yarns and given a variety of finishes.

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