The bagheera is a type of fine, soft and fuzzy velvet that does not wrinkle easily, is resistant, durable and has a great fit.
It was widely used in the manufacturing of evening gowns, skirts and glamorous and luxurious robes. It was also used in headgear and served as a substitute for fur in jackets and coats until 1940.
A more rustic version of the fabric can be found in decorative items on furniture such as chairs and armchairs.
Unlike the ordinary velvet, which is very shiny, the Bagheera has an opaque appearance and was initially made of silk. There are imitations of the fabric made of rayon crepe.
Unfortunately, this type of velvet went out of circulation with World War II.
Bibliography: Callan, Georgina O’Hara; Enciclopédia da Moda: De 1840 À Década de 90: Companhia das Letras, 2010.