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References to a soft, piled cloth, velvet, or a piece of such cloth, go back to the late 13th century, when the textile was used for soft furnishings and ecclesiastical vestments. By the late 14th century it was fashionable for the secular clothing of the rich and royal. Many surviving embroidered vestments or fragments of garments have a ground fabric of velvet (see opus anglicanum ). While the earliest velvets were all silk, archaeological textiles from the London excavations included four fragments of half-silk velvets, in which a warp of linen or hemp (which would be…

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Elizabeth Coatsworth and Gale R. Owen-Crocker, “Velvet”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 25 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_664>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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