Chiffon comes from the French word for cloth or rag, however, the term chiffon describes the method that is used in order to create the fabric. It is a lightweight plain-woven sheer fabric that's commonly made from cotton, silk or a synthetic fiber. Chiffon has been worn as early as 1902 and continues to be a popular fabric today, especially in wedding and evening wear. It is also a popular fabric used in blouses, ribbons, scarves and lingerie. Like other crêpe fabrics, chiffon can be difficult to work with because of its light and slippery texture. Due to this delicate nature, chiffon must be hand washed very gently. Always iron chiffon while slightly damp to reduce wrinkles. Dry cleaning is also an option. Since chiffon is a light-weight fabric that frays very easily, bound or French seams must be used to stop the fabric from fraying. Chiffon is smoother and more lustrous than the similar fabric georgette.