Brocade fabric is a heavy, decorative Jacquard weave fabric with a raised design. It is typically made up of floral designs and was originally manufactured from silk with the design made from silver or gold thread. Nowadays, however it can be made using a variety of other materials including cotton and polyester. It is mainly using for evening wear and as a furnishing fabric. Brocade fabrics are now usually woven on a jacquard loom and are made to resemble highly worked tapestries. These fabrics can also be embellished with beads and sequins. The name Brocade originates from the Italian ‘Brocatto’ meaning embossed cloth.

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Written by Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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