noun \brō-ˈkād\

: a cloth with a raised design in gold or silver thread

Full Definition of BROCADE

:  a rich silk fabric with raised patterns in gold and silver
:  a fabric characterized by raised designs
brocade transitive verb
bro·cad·ed adjective

Origin of BROCADE

Spanish brocado, from Catalan brocat, from Italian broccato, from broccare to spur, brocade, from brocco small nail, from Latin broccus projecting
First Known Use: 1588

Other Textiles Terms

batt, bias, duck, flock, lawn, toile


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

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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