A heavy fabric, with an elaborate, raised design interwoven on a satin or twill weave background. Brocade originated in France and was usually made with a jacquard weaving mechanism. The embossed fabric, usually made from silk or cotton, can have gold or silver interlaced threads. It is used for upholstery, draperies, and wall coverings.
Synonyms and Related Terms
brocado (Esp.); brocart (Fr.); Brokaat (Ned); lamé; brocatelle;
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