Velvet Traditional Yet Influential In Fashion
Perfect Sourcing|September 2017

On the other hand, a few people have differing opinions about velvet. “New government policies have affected the business a lot, demonetisation had already caused a huge loss and GST has simply added to those wounds. 12% GST rate solely on velvet whereas GST on other fabrics is only 5%, has closed doors for export for many like us” said one of the officials from Kedarnath Velvet. He also said that even though Velvet is trending worldwide, exports are suffering due to taxation schemes in India. Also, China is hugely competitive.

Velvet, commonly known as a winter fabric, has always been a classic staple in the fashion world, as it has always remained a hot favourite amongst leading international designers. Even though velvet has not always taken over the fashion world, it has always come back in power from time to time as it adds a fresh texture and hint of luxury to the collections of designers.

From Milan Fashion Week to Lakme India Fashion Week, designers have forecast velvet to be one of the trending fabrics for all designs. It is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious materials available in the market, and this year, it created quite an impact at the Milan and London runways, adding a touch of fluidity to already feminine silhouettes.

Bold coloured velvet was seen at the fall editions of New York Fashion Week in products like suits, dresses, blazers. Interestingly, velvet outfits have evolved beyond conventional skirts and leggings and today velvet can be seen in jumpsuits, dresses, evening gowns, midis, crop tops and even gorgeous blazers. Velvet gowns worn with T-shirts and plush skirts are the latest additions.

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