Velvet is a luxurious fabric. It is created by using the warp yarns to make a pile on the right side of the fabric. These are usually cut and produce a short, dense pile. Traditionally Velvet was woven from silk, although it is now usually made from cotton, viscose, acetate, synthetic fibres or blends of these. Many types of Velvet are available such as Pannè Velvet, where the pile is pressed so that it lays flat, Cut Velvet, where the pile is cut to form patterns, Chiffon Velvet, Crushed Velvet and Nacrè Velvet. Velvet is thought to have originated in the Middle Ages.

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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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