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Velvet (a very short history)

With Christmas only 16 days away, the season of celebration has begun! Typically associated with Christmas, velvet is soft and luxurious to the touch, traditionally made from silk or a silk blend. Not knowing too much about its history, we decided to do a little research...



The art of velvet-weaving apparently originated in medieval Kashmir around the beginning of the fourteenth century. For a long period of history, velvet was a possession of the rich and royal; a sumptuous fabric that was draped across walls and adorned noble dress, as without the use of industrial power looms it was extremely costly to produce. Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of velvet at the same time, and the two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect, giving a textured fabric surface and change in colour tone. Cutting the pile into shapes can create cut velvet surface patterns that are popular in drapery and soft furnishings, and twisting the fabric whilst wet forms crushed velvet, a highly textured velvet fabric. The end product is extremely plush and soft, and most popular in deep, rich colours.

We have combined our love of luxury with our knitwear to produce the Velvet Bow Bottom Sweater (also available in navy) picutred below, for this season.

The long sleeves and round neck will keep you warm and cosy, whilst the sweet bow and velvet trim on the hem add a touch of wearable luxury, perfect for the holidays. We also have the Velvet Flossie Frock Coat, a truly decadent coat silk mix coat, cut beautifully to nip in the waist and flare gently over the hips. It also features decorative ticket pockets on the front and a vent opening at the back for ease of movement.  An ideal coat to wear over party dresses this Christmas!

Don't forget our 20% off all full priced knitwear is on until Sunday 11th December, take a look at our website and enjoy the season of giving!

Love C&R xx

P.S. Image taken from www.anthonylingwood.com

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