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Gazar? Radzimir?

liselaure | Posted in Fabric and Trim on


A friend of mine just asked me what are gazar and radzimir fabrics. I have no idea. Has anybody heard about them? Thanks in advance for your help.



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    Becky-book | | #1

    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.


    1. a black silk fabric once used for mourning clothes
    2. a similar fabric for women's clothing made with lengthwise ribs or a broken twill weave

    Google is great!

    1. liselaure | | #3

      Thank you very much, Becky. I didn't look for these fabrics on Internet because I was pretty sure my friend had already tried. It seems I was wrong.


  2. woodruff | | #2

    Sorry not to know how to shorten the link here, but the designer Adri had a number of ensembles a few years ago that featured silk gazar, usually as a short, light jacket. The fabric is sheer, like organza, but very stiff. About halfway down this page is a picture of a strange white dress made of gazar, showing that stiffness (the appliqués on the chest are a different fabric).


    A few years ago, Vogue patterns ran a series of patterns by Adri, and the envelopes showed the use of gazar. You might be able to track those down on ebay.

    Edited 9/5/2006 11:08 am by woodruff

    1. liselaure | | #4

      Thank you very much. The picture of the dress is interesting: gazar seems to be a really stiff fabric. Did you ever make something out of it?


      1. woodruff | | #5

        No, I never made anything from it, precisely because it was very, very stiff. I think it would be terrific fabric for angel wings for a costume!

      2. mem | | #6

        Whenyou look at Balenciaga designs he used alot of silk gazar . It was very useful for his architectural constructions!!

        1. liselaure | | #7

          Hello Marianne,

          I think "architectural constructions" gives me a good idea of how gazar looks and feels. Thank you.


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