Velvet Fabric

Velvet Fabric

What is Velvet?

Velvet is made of pile weave. Traditionally made with silk has a rich look. It is kind of woven tufted fabric  in which the cut threads are distributed in an even manner in a short dense pile thus giving a very soft and smooth feel. 

Most types of modern velvet are adulterated with cheap synthetic materials.

There are 6 varieties of Velvet fabric:

1.Devore Velvet 
2.Crushed Velvet 
3. Plain Velvet(silk, viscose, cotton) 
4. Velveteen 
5. Embossed Velvet
6. Hammered Velvet


  • In 17th century velvet fabric was invented in East Asia before making its way down the Silk road into Europe.

  • Until gaining the popularity in Europe, fabric was commonly used in Middle East.

  • Within the borders of Iraq and Iran recorded that velvet was favourite fabric among the royalty region.

What Makes it Stand Out

Velvet fabric is always known for its smooth and richness. Possible to use other textile fibers for the pile:

1. Silk: It makes surface sheeny and  drapery extremely soft.
2. Viscose: Incredibly lustrous, so it adds a touch of shimmer to velvet.
3. Linen: gives velvets a rather matt look and absorbs dye well.
4. Cotton: Certainly not as lustrous as silk ones.

Texture  Smooth and soft
Fall Beautiful Drape
Shine Shiny
Sheer Opaque 

Application & Usage 

  • Velvet is the commonly used in blouses, anarkali suits, kurtas, sherwani for parties, weddings and festivals in India.
  • Accessories , handbags & footwears likes jootis and mojris are made of velvet gives royal look .
  • Velvet is used in cushions, curtains, blanket for Interior decoration.
Clothing Yes
Home Furnishing Yes
Accessories  Yes

New Age Innovations

When machine looms were invented, velvet production became much less expensive, and the development of synthetic fabrics that somewhat approximate the properties of silk finally brought the wonders of velvet to even the lowest rungs of society.

How to Check the Authenticity of Velvet? 

  • Check The element which makes the fabric different from other fabric is their pile.
  • Look at the density of the backing fabric and the pile (both the thickness of the yarn and the fiber content).
  • Bending a sample on the diagonal will make it easier to see how tightly that fabric was woven.

Care Instructions of Velvet

  • Velvet fabric is recommended to dry clean or can machine wash.
  • Should always be turned inside out before the cleaning and ironing process.

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