Friday, November 27, 2020

Velvet Shirt

Velvet Shirt 

Velvet is a 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.Velvet fabric is traditionally made with silk, in which cotton is used only occasionally. Recently, there has been an advent of using synthetic fabrics for velvet. Apart from the fabric, the word `velvety’ is also used to describe something smooth, soft and with a rich touch.

Origin and History

It is widely believed that Velvet was first introduced in Baghdad around 809 A.D., by Kashmiri merchants who travelled there. The medieval poet – Ziryab introduced Velvet to the Al-Andalus Empire (parts of modern day Spain, Portugal, Gibralter, Andorra and France). During the Mamluk Sultanate era (1250-1517 A.D.), the city of Cairo was largest producer of Velvet.

Since a long time, velvet has come to be associated closely with royalty across continents. Velvet clothing, being visually gorgeous, creates a sophisticated and upper crust look.

Currently though, with the development of power looms, Velvet has become more affordable and people across various sections aspire to be seen in Velvet clothing. Besides the affordable pricing, nowadays Velvet is made from cotton, linen, mohair and wool along with silk . Lately, synthetic Velvets too are being produced.

Pricing of Velvet per yard depends on the base fiber used. For a yard of Velvet made with silk, the pricing can vary anywhere between Rs. 5000/- to Rs. 10000/- whereas a yard of Velvet made using synthetic material such as rayon can be priced as low as Rs. 1000/-.

One of the most expensive range of Velvet is the Kuba Velvet which is priced anywhere between Rs. 15000/- to Rs. 20000/- per piece of clothing which might be a skirt or a wrap. Apart from clothing in general, Velvet is extensively used for upholstery.

Variety

An assortment of Velvet is used for clothing purposes. There are 6 prominent varieties:

Devore Velvet – having a plain background with part of the velvet on a specific area of the clothing, is used for fashionable evening dresses, jackets and scarves

Crushed Velvet – is pressed down all over the fabric, giving a unique luster.

Plain Velvet – has got three variants, silk viscose and cotton.

Velveteen – made from cotton and is heavier than most of the other varieties. A lot of dresses, trousers and kid’s wear are made using velveteen.

Embossed Velvet is created by stamping designs on them and used mainly to create designs especially floral ones.

Hammered Velvet is similar to Crushed velvet to the extent that it is pressed down on the fabric but not fully.


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