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Chiffon, which is French for rag, is a lightweight sheer material with a slightly rough feel to it. It can be made from cotton, silk or synthetic fibers, but is usually associated with silk and can be dyed to most any shade you like.

You see chiffon most commonly in evening wear, especially as on overlay, giving a elegant and dreamy appearance to the gown. It is also a popular fabric used in blouses, scarves and lingerie. It is not, however, an easy fabric to work with because of its lightweight and slippery nature, but it's worth the extra effort because you can create some really beautiful garments with chiffon.


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Chif`fon" (?), n. [F., lit., rag. See Chiffonier.]

1.

Any merely ornamental adjunct of a woman's dress, as a bunch of ribbon, lace, etc.

2.

A kind of soft gauzy material used for ruches, trimmings, etc.

 

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