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 (seeweaving). The background may be twill, satin, or plain weave. The rich, fairly heavy fabric is frequently used for evening dresses, draperies, and upholstery.