Brocade is a richly decorative silk fabric with raised patterns.
Jaquard weaving. Uses a supplementary weft technique: the ornamental brocading is produced by a supplementary, non-structural weft in addition to the standard weft that holds the warp.
Ornate woven designs against a rich satiny field.
Ornamental features produce the effect of low relief on fabric’s face in brocade, sometimes stiffening it.
Similar fabrics: damask, brocatelle and tapestry
Originated from China, made by hand.
Best use for:
Special occasion and formal wear, suites, vestments, and costumes.
Upholstery and draperies.