This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Organzine (Or-Gan-Zene'). A silk thread for the warp in weaving, made of several singles twisted together. In preparing organzine the silk after being wound off from the cocoons into hanks, is placed on a winding-wheel, which in turn reels off the hanks onto wooden reels. These are then placed on spindles, and the fibers of each are made to pass through a minute hole and small hollow brush, which together clean the thread and remove any knots or projections from it, throwing it at the same time into hanks again. [See Silk] Then the threads of two hanks are taken and again reeled off, this time into one hank, being twisted together to the left as one thread; then this thread is doubled and twisted tightly to the right, forming a single thread with four strands. These operations, consisting of winding, cleaning, twisting and doubling, constitute organzine silk. It is the strongest, most lustrous and the highest priced silk yarn used in any kind of weaving, being used principally for the warps of silk fabrics, and in the manufacture of poplins, velvet, plush and sewing thread. Silk yarn used for the wefts of fabrics is called tram. [See Tram]