- a soft, thin cloth of Chinese or Indian silk, usually left in its natural light-brown color
- any cloth like this
Origin of pongeefrom Mandarin Chinese dialect, dialectal pen-chi, one’s own loom
A light, plain-woven fabric, usually of tussah or raw silk.
Origin of pongeeOf Chinese origin perhaps from an earlier Chinese (Mandarin) běn zhī homemade fabric běn root, base, foundation, original, one's own ( from Early Middle Chinese pen' ) zhī to weave, spin ( from Middle Chinese t&shookr;iăk ) ( ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan tək ) (Tibetan &minute;thag )