Brocade fabric is a compound artistic and decorative fabric with a silk ground containing metallic threads with gold, silver or materials that imitate them. Originating from China, it initially contained the fibres woven out of genuine metal, however, these days, it features either silk/cotton threads entwined by a metallic braid or viscose and lurex.
Despite the amount of gold in today’s brocade is significantly reduced, it is still regarded as a grand option for an evening of bridal dress, carnival or theatrical costume due to its sheen.
Brocade has come a long way through many epochs and cultures, which influenced its multiplicity greatly. Today, there are basically four types of this legendary cloth:
A traditional silk brocade featuring metallic thread embroidery. Here are the secrets of its popularity:
Cotton or wool brocade with metallic threads. This fabric is particularly renowned for its warm hygienic and thermal insulation properies;
Viscose fabric with lurex that perfectly imitates metallic threads. It has a soft sheen due to viscose, doesn't wrinkle and keeps the shape;
As a home of the most exquisite fabrics, Tissura has always been proud of its brocade collection. Coming from such leading European brands as Carnet, Ruffo Coli and Luigi Verga (Italy), Jakob Schlaepfer (Switzerland), and France (Sfate & Combier), our brocade range comprises some of the most impressive fabrics of the kind: metallic jacquard, jacquard cloque, metallic organza, silk lame, and tweed lame.
Historically, brocade has been widely associated with the sort of fabric favoured by the nobility. So, just as 800 years ago, brocade fabric dress for special occasions is surely one of the most impressive outfits you can go for with it.
When browsing our collection, keep in mind that a brocade cloth looks most stunning when combined with other fabrics, especially velvet and silk.