Velvets – Silk Velvet
Silk is used to make the most luxurious of all velvet fabrics. Silk yarn is best known for its beautiful lustre and its attraction to dyes to produce rich, sumptuous colours. Northcroft Fabrics offers a wide choice of silk velvet fabric including plain silk velvet, antique silk velvet and gaufrage silk velvet, and has made specially dyed silk velvets for historic houses where an exact colour is required to reproduce the original furnishings.
Silk velvet is most commonly associated with the wealthy and royal. For hundreds of years, silk velvet fabric was draped across castle walls and adorned regal dresses across continents. From Kashmir in the Middle Ages to Belgium and Italy during the Renaissance period, silk velvets were synonymous with fabrics of nobility and royalty.
In the modern day, silk has a reputation for being the epitome of high fashion; for this reason, it is also one of the most expensive fabrics in the world. The richest form of silk is produced from the cocoon of mulberry silkworm larvae, which lay their eggs on special paper and only eat fresh mulberry leaves. Each cocoon can yield 1,000 yards of raw silk thread, which is then spun to produce a ‘yarn’ of silk. The process, being time consuming and extremely delicate, also contributes to the high cost of the material. Silk gets its shimmer from its structure, which is a triangular prism that reflects incoming light at varying angles. Silk is known to have first developed in ancient China, with some of the earliest examples found as early as 3500 BC.
Silk velvet fabrics from Northcroft Fabrics:
Windsor is a plain silk velvet fabric in a large range of colours whilst Buckingham is an antique velvet woven with a contrasting slub as was often made in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Beaufort is a gaufrage velvet, complimenting the Windsor, and Verona is a cut and uncut jacquard velvet.