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What is gazar?
What is the hand of it, if anyone has ever handled it....?
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Date: 3/3/07 6:12 PM

My pattern Vogue 2942 calls for gazar fabric (as belt and trim). I have never touched or seen gazar but I checked online and here is what I found:
"Gazar [no pronunciation listed] "Silk or wool fabric with crisp hand and flat, smooth texture. Plain weave with high-twist double yarns interlaced as one. Similar to organza, gazar is a sheer, stiff fabric."

If any of you have ever handles gazar, what does it feel like? Does it have the hand of silk, lining fabric?
I got something from Joann that is called silk dupioni but is semi sheer has more the hand of lining than of typical silk dupioni and wondered if it would work. It is only iridescent like dupioni.
SB does not say anything about this fabric as far as sewing tips. Can gazar be inyterfaced and with what? Can it be washed? Is it washed like silk?
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Date: 3/3/07 6:35 PM

Hi Eli,

I've never seen or touched wool gazar, but the silk gazar I've used feels like a weighty and stiff silk organza. It is just as sheer as organza but heavier and more crisp. As a comparison...silk gazar is to silk organza what cotton organdy is to cotton voile. I hope that makes some sense.

As for interfacing, I would avoid interfacing this fabric or use self-fabric. I would wash like you would wash silk organza.

If I read the pattern info correctly, the recommendation for the gazar is for the jacket trim and the belt? The fabric you saw at Joann's would probably work, as long as it had some body and stiffness to it.


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Date: 3/3/07 7:06 PM

gazar, rhymes with bazaar


Personally I would avoid washing it, as one of the desirable characteristics of gazar is its super crispness, which I think would be lost in the washing.
It could be used as an interfacing - expensive interfacing. I think if I were to interface it with something other than itself, I would use organza.
I too have never seen or heard of a wool gazar.

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ohhh, that's interesting, I just followed your link. I have that pattern on the top of my stack - I'm contemplating 3 diff fabrics, including an Anna Sui fabric that I picked up from Fabric Mart last month, for the dress. In their suggested fabrics, I'm thinking that the only reason they would suggest gazar is because that is what Donna Karan used in the original garment.
Until very recently Eunice Farmer fabrics had a gazar in stock in that cafe au lait color.
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Date: 3/3/07 8:18 PM

I think I've only seen gazar a few times, but it seemed lighter and sheerer than organza. I think it originated in Gaza and we get our word gauze from it since it was used for veils.

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Date: 3/3/07 8:23 PM

I have about 5 pieces of gazar...all purchased at fabric outlets. It is rarely found in normal (?) mainstream fabric stores. Similar bouncy feel as organza. When folded, you get a roll instead of, well, a "fold". Also more of a satin finish.

I did see some printed gazars at B&J fabrics in NYC. They were included in the hanging silk samples, toward the south window.

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Date: 3/3/07 9:22 PM

Silk gazar fabrics from fashionfabricsclub.com

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Date: 3/3/07 11:31 PM

Dupioni is not sheer, so I'm wondering what JAs has labeled as duiponi.

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Date: 3/4/07 0:27 AM

Yes, only the iridescency was dupioni-ish. The hand was much lighter, not crisp like dupioni, similar texture though, stubs and all. You may say it was super light weight dupioni-ish silk:)

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Date: 3/4/07 0:29 AM

Marji, have you gone thru the instructions? I don't exactly understand them when it comes to the trim. It seems like it is supposed to be raw edge single layer trim?
If that is the case, I might have to do something else, maybe piping...
In any case, if the instructions make more sense to you, pls share (here or you can PM me):)

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Date: 3/4/07 11:54 AM

I have only ever seen silk gazar and it is a heavier weight of silk organza. Same hand, ie no drape.

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