Welcome back, here we are with a new article; let’s talk about velvet: this amazing fabric that goes, comes back and changes.
Fall arrives and a few corduroy garments start popping up in clothing stores; usually they are brown, bottle green, or blue pants but in recent years so many colors have appeared on this beautiful fabric: honey, gray, red, yellow, etc., more rarely jackets.
Its history has always alternated between alternating periods of great popularity and forgetfulness.
Because of its comfort and practicality, it seems that corduroy will long continue to be rediscovered and offered in stores, updated to the taste and needs of the moment.
But to know the fabric well, it is from its history that one must start.
It appears that “furry ” fabrics originated in the East; in the second century B.C. it seems that velvet had a precursor, a very durable fabric, and exactly moleskin.
Moleskin is a heavy, durable fabric, usually made from cotton mixed with wool or linen, with a hairy surface but no raised ribs.
In the Middle Ages, moleskin was imported from the East by Italian merchants and became especially popular in courts because of its softness, fine cotton, and the warmth it retained.
It was also associated with the Catholic Church after an abbot of the Cistercian order stipulated that priests’ mass robes-be made of linen or moleskin and not more expensive materials.
In Florence it is likely that velvets were already being made in the 14th century; in the early 1400s, Florentine velvets were being exported to London , Constantinople , and various European countries.
From the mid-16th century it began to be manufactured but sparsely in the UK, in London’s Lanca shire and in Ireland, using cotton, wool, linen, and cotton blends.
Meanwhile, cheaper and cheaper versions began to spread, and moleskin was similarly worn by royalty for sports and hunting, by their servants for outdoor work, and for soldiers’ uniforms because it was durable, warm, and dried quickly.
It was also used for ladies’ dresses, and it was during this period that it took the name cotton velvet or corduroy in England, as it is still called today.
Italy until the whole of the 18th century supplied all of Europe with velvets for clothing, for upholstery, for covering the interior of sedan chairs and carriages , etc.
Until in 1866, Duke Visconte di Modrone started the first corduroy factory.
HOW MANY VARIATIONS OF VELVET ARE THERE ?
- Curly velvet
- Plain velvet
Unlike curly velvet, in plain velvet the loop that is formed by the pile warp is blocked in the same pitch and a smooth fabric is obtained.
is a type of velvet, characterized by raised ribs.
The weave has grooves between individual rows of fur fabric, which give the name to this rippled texture, called “ribbed”
As we said at the beginning, velvet comes up, disappears, returns , and even this winter it makes an appearance, and is used without too much trouble.
Velvet whether pants or jacket can be juxtaposed with other fabrics; obviously the style you want to use should be followed so as not to create meaningless outfits.
Undoubtedly, corduroy gives a ‘more sporty look.
The pant becomes a must, and even if it stays in the closet for a while because it is unfashionable at a certain time, velvet comes back, only to disappear again and then reintroduce itself again.
The footwear that is recommended is a leather or suede Brogue tending to brown , Sneakers, and Desert Boot are also fine, formal shoes to be excluded.
Velvet is an excellent fabric for “large sizes” precisely because of its innate durability.
Well we have come to the end, I hope you enjoyed this article, and that you may find all the advice given useful.
Bye everyone and see you next time.
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