Honan. What the heck is HONAN?
So I went to dictionary.com and found this description:
a. a pongee fabric made from the filaments of the wild silkworm.
b. a lustrous fabric simulating pongee and woven from fibers other than silk.
So I thought, what the heck is PONGEE? Back to dictionary.com:
a. silk of a slightly uneven weave made from filaments of wild silk woven in natural tan color.
b. a cotton or rayon fabric imitating it. Compare Shantung, tussah.
Tussah, I found, was a tan silk from India.
Personally, I would make this dress in taffeta, because I would want to hear the wonderful rustling, but I went looking for honan, and found that Vogue Fabrics doesn't carry it. They do, however, carry a lot of pongee, so at least I know what it looks like now. And though they don't carry honan, they do carry wool and silk tussah, in case you want to do some felting or spinning.
So, there is your lesson for the day. Though you probably already knew.........