The name pongee comes from penchi, the Chinese for “home loom.” The fabric originates from China, where it was hand loomed from wild silk yarns. Pongee is a plain weave and fairly light fabric with subtle irregular slubs most often crosswise (in the weft), but also in both directions. The fabric is usually a natural color (ecru, tan, cream, brown) and left undyed. It has a dull sheen.
Honan silk is pongee of excellent quality from Honan (Henan) China.
Uses: Blouses, dresses
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