Brocade is a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, often made in colored silks and with or without gold and silver threads. Nobody knows the exact origin of the brocade fabric. However, pieces of Chinese brocade existed in China from Sung Dynasty (960 to 1279 AD). In Europe, we know brocade was in use by the 13th century.

When you hear the term "brocade," you may instantly associate it with the word old. But brocade isn't just for grannies. This rich and versatile fabric is still adored by modern-day fashion designers. Thinking about adding some brocade to your wardrobe or home? Do it, be fashionable and be classic!

Through much of brocade's history, the cloth was reserved for the wealthiest and most powerful people. In Chinese culture, brocade was only used for special ceremonies.However, the use of brocade became more widespread later. Men and women from the upper and middle classes wore brocade as a regular part of their wardrobe. For men, brocade was reserved for either vests or waistcoats. Women might wear brocade accessories (including shoes), but many Chinese dresses featured large amount of the cloth, too.  Brocade was also used extensively for household use, including as table covers, bell pulls, curtains, furniture upholstery.

In modern days, Chinese brocade is still used by some Chinese fashion designers as well as western fashion designers, primarily for women's evening and cocktail dresses. It can also be found in wedding gowns and men's wedding vests. In recent years, high-end designers have toyed with brocade fabrics for everyday wear.