Brocade is a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, often made in colored silks and with or without gold and silver threads. The name comes from the Italian word “broccato” meaning embossed cloth. Unlike damask, brocade fabrics feature a raised design that appears embroidered but is actually woven into the fabric using a supplementary weft technique. The result is a design that appears to stand out or lie on top of the fabric. Brocade is typically used in upholstery and draperies, as well as in evening wear and other formal clothing, where its intricate patterns and luminous surface add depth and elegance.