Monday, 27 July 2020

All About Velvet

All about Velvet


Velvet is a sort of woven tufted fabric during which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a brief dense pile, giving it a particular soft feel. By extension, the word velvety means "smooth like velvet." Velvet are often made up of either synthetic or natural fibers.

Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of the fabric at an equivalent time. the 2 pieces are then cut apart to make the pile effect, and therefore the two lengths of cloth are wound on separate take-up rolls. This complicated process meant that velvet was expensive to form before industrial power looms became available, and well-made velvet remains a reasonably costly fabric. Velvet is difficult to wash due to its pile, but modern cleaning methods make cleaning more feasible.


What are they made of?

Velvet are often made up of several different sorts of fibers, traditionally, the foremost expensive of which is silk.

Much of the velvet sold today as "silk velvet" is really a mixture of rayon and silk. Velvet made entirely from silk is rare and typically has market prices of several hundred US dollars per yard. Cotton is additionally wont to make velvet, though this often leads to a less luxurious fabric. Velvet also can be made up of fibers like linen, mohair, and wool.

A cloth made by the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo from raffia is usually mentioned as "Kuba velvet". More recently, synthetic velvets are developed, mostly from polyester, nylon, viscose, acetate, and from either mixtures of various synthetics or from combined synthetics and natural fibers (for example viscose mixed with silk produces a really soft, reflective fabric). A little percentage of spandex is usually added to offer the ultimate material a particular amount of stretch (hence "stretch velvet")


Types of Velvet available at Aatma fabrics:


This fabric features a short and dense pile, with a really uniform distribution, which makes it ressemble suede. Velveteen are usually 100% cotton, and have more body and fewer drape than regular velvet. due to the shorter pile, they're also more matte.
Cotton is extremely heat-resistant and therefore the very short pile of velveteen is a smaller amount likely to be flattened, so you'll prewash this fabric and even iron it from the incorrect side. Avoid pressing seams directly together with your iron however, since this might leave marks. Instead, apply tons of steam and press the seam open together with your fingers or with a wooden clapper.


Rayon velvet is analogous to silk velvet therein it's tons of drape, but it's less shiny and cheaper .
To tame these shifty fabrics, try basting at every step and stitch by hand the maximum amount as possible, especially for hems (avoid topstitching). All previous advice still applies: no ironing, clean only, and use steam to open your seams!