Brocade Fabric

When considering different fabric types for your home it is imperative that you consider brocade fabric and whether it suits your needs. There are many considerations that apply when deciding upon an appropriate choice. These include budget, desired appearance and the intended function.

Firstly, let’s examine the compilation of the fabric. Comprising of a dense warp-effect base with additional fillings the aesthetic appeal is elegant yet not over exorbitant.  Frequently woven with the inclusion of silver and gold threads, the tactile sensations felt when touching this weave are supple yet robust. This is largely due to the fact that brocade is (almost always) used in colored silks. Such applications make necessary the use of various weaving methods.

Common techniques for the weaving of the fabric include the draw loom. The benefit of using this technique is that the brocade fabric will look as though the weave was embroidered, even though it wasn’t! This is an interesting effect that adds a feeling of depth to the already pleasing plane of view.

Long worn by the noble throughout Asia (including China, Korea and Japan), it is easy to see its desirability. It is not too much of a stretch to suggest that the displaying and wearing of the weave conveys wealth. Also appreciated in Europe, and even Byzantium the silk motif has historically been only accessible to the wealthiest and most successful people.

In times of increasing technological capabilities, states like Italy and Greece thrived in the fabric trade. In the time of the Renaissance rapid developments in looms used for the weaving of silk form a logical correlation with the increased complexity and luxurious nature of the brocade fabric. With time technology becomes more and more advanced. Processes become increasingly efficient, using less space and requiring less resources for an increased output. This also applies to weaving methods for the silk motif. The result of advances are even richer, more vibrant pieces that can be afforded many uses. And these uses are not just limited to within the home!

Contemporary uses include upholstery, formal clothing, dinner clothing and imitation tapestries. With the addition of accessories such as beads and sequins (in the absence of the traditionally rare stones) the potential uses become even more numerous and increasingly versatile. The designs of this weave frequently feature a raised floral pattern. This is not exclusive however, and there are a variety of raised themes which are also seen.

By no means should one be under the illusion that this is an abundantly produced silk. Whilst it is indeed a much appreciated possession historically and in contemporary times this has not directly translated to an increased availability for purchases. There is a very small manufacturing base which produces for predominately theatrical purposes. Used as a decorative lining, it is easy to understand that sometimes too much of a good thing can be overwhelming. There is a reason that there is no popular market for commercial brocade clothing – it simply would not suit the intended purpose, to portray a long adorned beauty.

This should give you a better idea as to what this special fabric is, and how it could suit your preferences. Brocade fabric when used appropriately can provide a home with a comfortable luxury that has long been respected and revered, further back than the Middle Ages