Velveteen (or velveret) is a type of cloth made to imitate velvet, which is a type of pile fabric. Normally cotton, the term is sometimes applied to a mixture of silk and cotton. Some velveteens are a kind of fustian, having a rib of velvet pile alternating with a plain depression.[1] This fabric has a pile that is short (never more than 3 mm deep) and is closely set. It has a firm hand and a slightly sloping pile. Compared to true velvet, velveteen has greater body, does not drape as easily, and has less sheen.[2][3]

Block-printed velveteen fabric designed by William Morris

Historically, the velveteen trade varied with the fashions that controlled the production of velvet.[1]

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  1. ^ a b   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Velveteen". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 980.
  2. ^ free patterns – Velvet Archived 2011-02-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Fabric Properties and Distinctions – Velvet.

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