Velvet pieces are here!!

Velvet pieces are here!!

It's basically like regular stuff.. except fancier.

History of velvet.

There is some debate about where velour originated, but most agree that it was invented somewhere in the Far East and spread to Europe via the Silk Road.

The French word for'velvet' is'velour.' Although not technically velour, pieces of velvet dating back to ancient dynasties as far back as 206 BCE have been discovered in China. Cairo, along with Iraq, was a velvet production hub in 2000 BC, producing the textile for royalty and the very wealthy. Originally, velvet was so expensive because it took so long to make that it was a very high-end luxury item.

Velour in fashion

Velour became the fabric of a generation in the 1960s and 1970s, almost as a reaction to fashion and societal constructs of the time. It was almost the polar opposite of the tailored, well-put-together clothing that was on trend for both women and men, being soft, comfortable, and colourful.

Despite not being the most fashionable fabric, velour became so popular that it eventually made its way into mainstream fashion. Jennifer Lopez's first clothing line, even in the 1990s, was almost entirely velour tracksuits with those signature flared legs – and that's definitely one we'll remember.

What is the modern usage of velour?

We all know velour is delightfully soft and impossible not to touch, but what exactly is it used for? Although this infamous fabric had a place in fashion a few decades ago, most fashion designers prefer velvet in modern fashion because it is generally known as the cheaper imitation. Velvet has been in and out of style more times than we can count, but it always makes a strong comeback.

Velour is commonly referred to as a 'comfy' fabric, implying that it is used for all things cosy and super soft casual-wear.

You can't go wrong with this silky smooth textile for the ultimate in loungewear.

Velvet vs. Velour

As previously stated, velour and velvet are very similar and are frequently mistaken for the same material. Aside from the fact that they are made from very different fibres, the weaving process also varies slightly. The yarns are knitted into loops to create a pile weave, and then the small loops are cut off, causing the fabric to lose its sheen. Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of fibres at the same time. The two pieces are cut apart, resulting in a tufted soft pile effect, with the layers wound onto separate rolls.