brocade


brocade

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Detail of handwoven Italian silk brocaded on silk with floral motif, c. 1730–50.—Courtesy of Scalamandre, New York City

Woven fabric having a raised floral or figured design that is introduced during the weaving process. The design, appearing only on the fabric face, is usually made in a satin or twill weave (see weaving). The background may be twill, satin, or plain weave. The rich, fairly heavy fabric is frequently used for evening dresses, draperies, and upholstery.

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