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What is georgette silk?

Updated: Feb 12, 2022

This crepe fabric is matt-finished, lightweight, sheer and also known as crepe Georgette. It is named after Madame Georgette de la Plante, a renowned fashion dressmaker who lived at the beginning of the 20th century. A contemporary of Coco Chanel, she introduced it into the world of fashion by creating dresses and gowns with a distinctive ‘net finish’. Silk was the original composition of Georgette and I have chosen this fabric for many of my scarf designs as it flows beautifully with a soft drape.

Single georgette sillk is created with yarns that are twisted highly and as a result it has a slightly grainy texture which is characteristic of a georgette. It offers warmth as well as style and a close cousin is chiffon which is lighter in weight.

I often choose georgette as it also offers an ideal surface for print or blocks of colour, and is slightly translucent, so it may not be obvious what the design is until you unwrap it fully. As it is a super light fabric, the print comes through on both sides of the silk, so it really doesn't matter which way you wear it, both sides carry the colour perfectly.

Charlotte x

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