What's the difference between Brocade fabrics and Damask?
It's in the type of threads and the weave.
"Brocade fabrics mainly consist of solid or multi-colored silk threads, often times combined with gold or silver metallic threads. A brocade is woven by adding a supplementary weft to the weave, creating the illusion that sections have been embossed into the fabric, or embroidered on top of it. The back (or wrong side) of a brocade is determined quite easily, as it will have groups of threads that have been trimmed away or left out of the weave and look more messy." BurdaStyle.com
The word Brocade actually comes from an Italian word that means embossed cloth. See the pictures of Brocade below.
"Damask (from Damascus) was one of 5 basic weaving techniques used by Byzantine and Islamic cultures in the Middle Ages. You’ll most likely find damask fabrics today woven from silk, linen or linen blends, often times depicting a floral or geometric motif. Modern damask fabrics are woven on computerized Jacquard looms and have a slight sheen or iridescence when light bounces off of them." BurdaStyle.com
Damask fabrics are reversible, looking just like a film negative.
See Damask pictures below.
You can see why Brocade is "embossed", while Damask isn't. Both are gorgeous. Both will get you plenty of complements.
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