[pon-jee, pon-jee]
silk of a slightly uneven weave made from filaments of wild silk woven in natural tan color.
a cotton or rayon fabric imitating it. Compare Shantung ( def 2 ), tussah ( def 1 ).

1705–15; < Chinese běnjī homewoven, literally, one's own loom

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pongee (pɒnˈdʒiː, ˈpɒndʒiː)
1.  a thin plain-weave silk fabric from China or India, left in its natural colour
2.  a cotton or rayon fabric similar to or in imitation of this, but not necessarily in the natural colour
[C18: from Mandarin Chinese (Peking) pen-chī woven at home, on one's own loom, from pen own + chi loom]

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Quite a variety of pongee shades, and white, of all the grades.
We are not making any changes to the packing interval for parachutes made from natural fibers such as silk or pongee.
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