Chinese Brocade Satin
When I was growing up in China, we would always watch these period films where the royal princesses floated around in their beautifully satin dresses. We didn't have a lot of money so my cousins and I would pretend that we had cloests full of fancy robes to pick from. Now, I love to work with this material because of all the vivid colors (normally 3-8 colors per design) and beautiful patterns. It also reminds me of my childhood and Chinese heritage.
This fabric has been produced in China since ancient times and use to be only avilalble to people of a certain class. It was priced by European traders and heavily exported via The Silk Road. Traditionally, Chinese Brocade Satin is made by interwoven silk into denser natural materials such as cotton. Now, due to advancements in the textile industry, the same silk threads are interwoven with manmade materials (polyester and rayon). Modern day brocade satin fabrics are stronger and have much better shape retention then their ancient counterparts. However, because the techniques remained similar it's still very shiny, smooth and relatively soft.
At Xanadu Designs, we only use high grade, tight woven Chinese Brocade Satin that we get wholesale, straight from the textile factory. Tight woven brocade satin is thicker than the cheaper grade and doesn't snag. The tight woven fabric costs almost twice as much as the lower grade stuff but they last years longer. Compare one of our bags to those you would find in China Town or tourist traps and you will really see the difference. We're not interested in a hit and run sale but want your continued patronage so quality is very important to us.