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Detail of a silk cut velvet with tartan pattern. Some of the stripes are voided, showing the plain-weave ground. c.1840.

Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feel. By extension, the word velvety means "smooth like velvet." Velvet can be made from either synthetic or natural fibers.

Velvet sections
Intro  Construction & composition  History  Entry from Encyclop\u00e6dia Britannica Eleventh Edition (1911)  Types  Fibres  See also  References  

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