chiffon shĭfŏn´ [key], plain-weave, lightweight, sheer, transparent fabric made of cotton, silk, or synthetic fiber it is made of fine, highly twisted, strong yarn. Chiffon is difficult to handle, but it drapes and wears well and is very durable despite its light weight. It is piece-dyed or piece-printed and may be given a soft or stiff finish. Among its uses are in evening dresses, formal blouses, trimmings, and scarfs.

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