There’s never a point where one tires of wearing velvet. You can never have or own too much velvet clothing. The beautiful soft material is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive soft, smooth feel and look. After all, the word ‘velvety’ means “smooth like velvet.” Velvet can be made from either synthetic or natural fibers.
What better fabric to wear around the holidays than velvet? The look alone is feminine, fancy and festive. All velvet garments truly do fit as easily and elegantly as a velvet glove!
If you’re not sure what to get that great gal for the holidays, remember all women adore velvet!
Velvet Fun Fact: Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of the material at the same time. The two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. This complicated process meant that velvet was expensive to make before industrial power looms became available, and well-made velvet remains a fairly costly fabric even today. Velvet pile is created by warp or vertical yarns and velveteen pile is created by weft or fill yarns.
Velvet can be made from several different kinds of fibers, traditionally, the most expensive of which is silk. Much of the velvet sold today as “silk velvet” is actually a mix of rayon and silk. Velvet made entirely from silk is rare and usually has market prices of several hundred U.S. dollars per yard. Cotton is also used to make velvet, though this often results in less luxurious fabric. Velvet can also be made from fibers such as linen, mohair and wool.
For over-the-top elegance and opulent style and glamour, wrap your delicious self in velvet and regal apparel forevermore!
Popular Types of Velvet:
- Wedding Ring
Rock it for the holidays in happening velvet!
Velvet Fun Fact: Because of velvet’s unusual softness and appearance, as well as the fabric’s high cost of production, velvet has often been associated with nobility. Velvet was introduced to Baghdad during the rule of Harun al-Rashid by Kashmiri merchants and to Al-Andalus by Ziryab. In the Mamluk era, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of velvet. Much of it was exported to Venice, where velvet spread to most of Europe.
Today, velvet is worn worldwide and no matter your background or heritage, everyone dressed in velvet looks regal and royal! Velvet loyal!
Velvet Fun Fact: In 1399, King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed in ‘velveto’ after his passing.
The earliest sources of European artistic velvets were Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice, which continued to send out rich velvet textures. Later, the art was taken up by Flemish weavers, and in the sixteenth century, Burges attained a reputation for velvets that were not inferior to those of the great Italian cities.
Wherever you walk, wherever you go, when dressed in gorgeous velvet you’ll put on a fashion show!
Even if you’re dressed in the sister threads of corduroy and/or velour, there is no mistaking true velvet attire on men, women, boys and girls!
“Excuse me, sir, but I don’t believe that I gave you permission to rub my shirt.”
“I can’t resist feeling the softness of your velvet top; I’m not trying to flirt.”
“I’ll give you a free pass on that one because I rub my own velvet clothes.”
“Glad it’s your shirt that is velvet and not your legs wrapped in velvet hose.”
“I believe if you rubbed my velvet stockings I would certainly understand.”
“Everyone is tempted to feel the smoothness of velvet; not only an interested man.”
Velvet: I challenge you not to feel the luxury of the feminine fabric, even if you can!
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