Brocading (from the French word brocher) is a technique involving the introduction of an additional metal thread (gold or silver) or silk thread into the fabric. This thread passed through the width of the fabric only at the spot where the ornament appeared, thus creating a pattern.

The results of such intricate work may be seen in the collections of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums: a taffeta skirt from Podhale, a kontusz sash and a set of late Renaissance liturgical vestments (a chasuble, cope, dalmatic, stole).

Elaborated by: Editorial Team of Malopolskas Virtual Museums,
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