Velveteen fabric is a fabric made purely to imitate Velvet. It is usually made from cotton or viscose and has a pile that is made using the weft yarns rather than the warp, like in Velvet fabric. The pile is very short, usually less than 3mm in length. It is less lustrous than Velvet and does not drape as easily. This fabric is also less elastic, is heavier, and is generally cheaper. Velveteen is woven in a plain or twill weave and extra yarns are floated over the top. These floats are then cut to create the pile. It was first used in the 18th Century and was used to make trousers.

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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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