An open plain weave worked on a leno loom, creating a fabric with a net-like structure. The warp yarns are twisted in pairs between the weft and the filler to produce a stable open worked cloth: as two or more warps cross over each other, interlacing and holding each weft thread firmly, the mesh is locked into place. Silk gauze is thought to originate in Gaza, in Palestine, from where it reached Europe, where it was used in luxury clothing. It is now made from any fibre in more or less open weaves and yarns of varying thickness and suited to a wide variety of applications: from medical dressings to wire mesh to the finest silk sheers. Mull, which is used in bookbinding, is a type of gauze, as is scrim.

In interiors, use gauze as window drapes, as tablecloths and napkins, to wrap a chandelier, to cover a metal chair for celebrations, as cushions, blinds, etc. for a filmy, transparent, ethereal effect–an air of mistiness and mystery.

Layering other more solid fabrics with gauze like ones can create something contemporary and new, or using gauze for napkins, or bedcovers….

be A gauze effect may be created by removing some of the warp threads after the cloth has been woven.

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