Brocade is an elaborately decorated fabric—usually satin or twill weave—with a raised pattern that consists of multicolor or metallic yarns, which are jacquard-woven on the surface of the textile. Taken from the Italian word for “embossed cloth,” brocades date back to ancient China and Byzantium and were popular during the Renaissance for clothing and decorative textiles. Detailed floral and pictorial imagery remains common in brocaded upholstery fabrics and draperies.

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