Gauze is a thin, translucent fabric with a loose open weave. Its name may derive etymologically from the Persian word for silk, via the Spanish word "gasa".
Uses and types
- Gauze was originally made of silk. Now used for medical purposes gauze sponges are in high demand.
- When used in film and theatre, gauze is often fashioned into a scrim.
- Gauze is also made of cotton, especially for use in bandages. It is especially useful for dressing wounds where other fabrics might stick to the burn or laceration.
- Modern gauze is sometimes made of synthetic fibers, especially when used in clothing.
- Gauze can also be made of metal, such as a wire gauze placed on top of a Bunsen burner, used in a safety lamp or spark arrestor, or used as a fence.