It’s no secret that velvet is one of those trends that we, as a brand and me, as a human, cannot help but to over indulge in.
Velvet is not merely a textile, but rather a means by which we define the seasons, a texture that drapes over the Winter like a film coloring our memories with the warmth and glamour it provides.
Okay, so maybe I’m being a bit hyperbolic, but velvet has truly become one of those staple fabrics that somehow multiplies inside my closet with each passing holiday season and I know it multiplies in yours, too.
With all of this being said, I am here to educate both you and myself on the history of velvet and maybe tap into why we all love it so gosh darn much.
Let’s jump right in to it then!:
So, my dear friend Google tells me that there are pieces of velvet and unrefined “piles” (meaning the beginning stages of the velvet making process) that have been found in China tracing back to 206 B.C.E. and some pieces have been found that date back to even 403 B.C.E.
Now, I don’t know about you, but that measurement of time barely makes sense to me.
Moving right along!
As time went on, Europeans caught wind of this new statement piece and quickly began making trades along the Silk Road. The Renaissance brought about a whole velvet uproar and that is when velvet production became more prevalent, while still maintaining a level of superiority and exclusiveness for the wealthy 15th and 16th century nobility.
Eventually, and much farther into the future, the Industrial Revolution allowed for velvet making to become a full on mechanical production, which allowed for velvet to become a more widely worn commodity.
Since then, velvet has persistently been apart of the fashion world, appearing on runways for as long as most of us have been alive and appearing all too often in my closet every winter.
I hope you enjoyed this very brief skim of the history of velvet and if you didn’t, I’ll leave you with this as a consolation for making this far 🙂
xoxo MG Crew