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Blue Velvet (NEW SERIES)

The Beauty of Brocade

Our Blue Velvet design is inspired by a piece of a 15th- century velvet dalmatic. A dalmatic is a tunic with wide sleeves worn as part of liturgical vestments and by British monarchs during coronation services. Velvets like these were originally woven on a special loom that created two thicknesses at the same time in order to achieve their marvellously soft texture and high pile. It was an expensive and painstaking procedure, making velvets one of the most highly prized luxury fabrics of the Renaissance.

For fans of: Textiles, Renaissance art, River Cascade, Silver Filigree, Equinoxe, French Ornate Collection

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