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(pronounced broh-KAYD)

In the beginning… brocade was a formal, rich, weighty silk fabric produced in the Orient and often having gold or silver threads woven into its raised floral or figured patterns. It was used for clothing, upholstery, and drapery, and it still is. Now, any of the major textile fibers can be used, and the look of brocade is more broad as well. The pattern is accentuated by contrasting textures and/or colors. Brocade is typically woven on a draw loom, and the ornamental brocading is produced by a non-structural weft, in addition to the standard weft that holds the warp threads together. This method gives the appearance of the weave being embroidered. The threads are not tied-down to the back of the fabric and are carried as “floaters,” which makes the back of the fabric easily distinguishable.