Brasso fabric is a semi-opaque cloth that is commonly used in the production of sarees and at times, in the creation of salwar kameez. It is created using a base of polyester viscose rayon and is characterized by its semi-opaqueness i.e. the only parts of the fabric that are opaque are the patterned designs, while the rest is translucent or sheer. Brasso fabrics have been used to create party wear Indian ethnic garments as well as some indo-western outfits.
Wispy, soft tissue-like fabrics with gorgeous designs, Brasso is unique in every sense of the concept. Also popularly known as 'burnt out fabric', Brasso has been around for years and has been a great source of creative inspiration for craftsmen and designers across the world. From lehengas to saris, and salwar kurtas, Brasso has been a defining niche of Indian fashion across the various style spectrum. The fabric can vary from Chiffon to Velvet and even Corduroy. Furthermore, it can be textured in various ways and has an exclusive sense of style, unlike other fabrics and designs.
This technique was prevalent in medieval times as well and was used to make bridal lehengas, gowns, and other attires that presented royalty and glamour. Brasso truly defined high-end attire and clothes worn by people who belonged to the elite class. Initially, the fabric used for Brasso was mostly cotton, but with the passage of time, this method was also applied to other fabrics.
Brasso is generally made out of an acid itch process which involves the burning of fabric in order to create a more textured design. This technique can be applied to all kinds of soft fabrics like tissue, chiffon, silk, and velvet. This technique is beautiful, ornate, and looks glamorous on all kinds of Indian ethnic wear. The flowy drape appeal that is essential to a traditional style is an original quality present in Brasso.
Brasso is a delicate fabric and therefore requires gentle care as well. Whether it's a sari, salwar suit, or a lehenga, one must send in their Brasso-made attires for dry-cleaning in order to get the best results. Also, keeping the clothes in an air-tight box is advisable in order to keep the longevity of the fabric, design, and color.