"Ciselé velvet with a ground of gold lancé weft,
first half of sixteenth century, Florence,
Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

Ciselé velvet is distinguished by the two types of pile, cut and uncut; the varying height of the pile produces different shades of the same colour. This fabric emerged in the last quarter of the fifteenth century and acquired a growing importance throughout the sixteenth until, towards the end of the century, it became the preferred choice for important garments."

Moda a Firenze 1540 - 1580, Roberta Orsi Landini and Bruna Niccoli, Edizioni Polistampa, Florence, 2005




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