Since fabrics and fashion make up an integral element of our society, why does that element therefore lack in novels. Except for the mention of high fashion names to impress the reader, there is starkly lack of any tactical feeling for fabrics.
Even in the fantasy or sci fi areas, the mention of fabrics is brief, leaving very little for the reader to grasp onto. This trend to “let the reader decide” in my humble opinion leads to sterile, templated stories, a deficiency in the showing the true depth of another culture, another world.
Now this does not mean you should show ever outfit or item, but the general thrust to pull that culture into the reader’s hand. The reader should be able to feel and smell the fabric, leather, whatever your character is wearing or fabric art piece that is being displayed in your words.
I love different textures, the colors, the intricate patterns. These can elevate a story, hold hidden meanings, represent a rich luxurious society or a poor in spirit society.
Here is one example of a geometric design.
Al Sadu is the term used to collectively describe the hand-made embroidered geometric design associated with the Bedouin people. The pattern is on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. Incredible colors and designs… enjoy
The association between Bedouin Al-Sadu weaving and the camel https://www.soas.ac.uk/camelconference2011/file84330.pdf
Sadu Weaving in Kuwait
Al Sadu, traditional weaving skills in the United Arab Emirates