While velvet is one of winter’s fashion favorites, the soft smooth fabric can
also be worn as a seasonless classic. Even crushed velvets and velvet
garments with decorative trim are now made stretchy and light for hot spring
and summer weather.
What is velvet?
General velvet is made on a special “double action” loom that weaves two layers of fabric at the same time. One of the threads is fed into a foundation fabric, and then the two layers are cut apart as they come off the loom to create the soft face of the velvet known as the pile. This piling effect gives velvet its characteristic smooth touch, and also lends to the usage of the word “velvety” for suave, comfortable surfaces.
Pile length and fiber type may vary in length, and can even characterize the type of velvet. True velvet is usually made of rayon, acetate, silk, or a blend of these fibers, and typically has a short, closely-woven pile. Finishes are often applied to velvets to maintain pile durability and protect the fabric.
How to keep your velvets fit for royalty:
All velvet fabrics can experience a variety of problems that can result in a
distortion of its original design and a loss of fabric softness, such as flattening and matting, pilling, tufting, and shrinkage. Therefore, it is important to maintain your velvet garments with the following steps:
The Rey's Team
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