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MFA Acc. #: 2001.839.1-4


A fabric made from Wild silk with a nubby, irregular weave. Pongee originated in China. It is a soft, durable fabric that has poor washfastness when dyed. Pongee is used for garments, curtains, linings, and decoration.

Synonyms and Related Terms

tussah; pongis (Esp.)

MFA Acc. #: 45.581

Hazards and Safety

Ironing when wet will make pongee stiff.

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • Website address 1 Comment: www.fabrics.net

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