Iconic: The Jacquard Sweater

Retro style, chunky knitwear and colorful, geometric patterns; for Generation Y (or millennials, as people born between 1980 and 1995 are known), the jacquard weave evokes more grandma’s knitting than haute couture. But now the 1980s are in fashion once again, this “made in France” motif is back in the spotlight, and used to create skirts, dresses, ponchos and cardigans.

The term jacquard originally referred to fabric with intricately-woven patterns either made by hand or with the help of a special loom. It got its name from the weaving loom invented by Joseph-Marie Jacquard in the 19th century, which simplified the weaving process thanks to a system of punch cards. By extension, the term jacquard indicates any fabric whose patterns are equally visible on the front and on the back, which is a characteristic of fabric from the city of Damascus in Syria (called “damask”), one of the key milestones along the famous Silk Road. Today, this generic term is often associated in the collective imagination with thick sweaters colored with patterns


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