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vegetable tanning A method of leather hide tanning that utilizes organic material, such as bark, instead of traditional dyes. The subsequent colors are earthy, subdued and rich.

velour Derived from the French word velours, meaning "velvet." It is a medium-weight, closely woven fabric with a thick pile that is laid in one direction. It resembles velvet, but has a lower-cut pile and an equally soft hand. It was originally made from wool and is now made in a variety of other fibers and yarns.

velvet A pile weave fabric (or fabric with an extra set of yarns) that is created by looping an extra set of yarns with a special rod during the weaving process. The loops are then cut, resulting in its characteristic soft texture. Perhaps the most striking feature of velvet is the way it takes color. The interplay between light and shadow created by the rich pile results in remarkably intense hues. Ours is machine-washable.

velveteen A fabric similar to velvet. It has a short, close pile that’s cut to resemble velvet, but is made of cotton or a cotton blend. Velveteen differs from velvet not only in the fiber used but also in the construction employed: true velvet is made with a warp pile and velveteen is made with a filling pile. Filling yarns are combed and soft-spun and usually made from long-staple cotton. The pile on velvet is usually higher, too.

viscose The most common type of rayon fiber, created from purified tree cellulose. The process creates a soft, comfortable fabric that drapes nicely.

voile A crisp, lightweight and semitransparent plain-weave cotton fabric. It’s made with high twist yarns in a high yarn count construction. Voile is grainy in feel and crisp in hand and similar in appearance to organdy or organza.