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contrado creative swede's art print

Contrado Wants You Ever wondered where to sell art? Especially online. Promoting your brand has always been a struggle for the creatives among us, but it doesn’t have to be. Contrado was launched with the aim of creating a curated e-commerce space for artists and designers to sell their art online in an exciting and easy […]

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sewing machine and tools

Are you just starting to learn to sew? Have you just taken up sewing and are looking for some tips to get started, and, most importantly, how to avoid those common sewing mistakes? We’re sewing mad at Contrado. After all, we make everything by hand (and sewing machine), right here at our studio, and, over the years, […]

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The idea of environmentally friendly fabrics probably conjures up imagery of natural fabrics. They are made with natural fibres sprouting in a huge field or being spun by a content bunch of silkworms. It is true that natural fabrics feel great against the skin and only use the world’s natural resources to grow. However, there […]

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valentino taffeta dress

What is Taffeta? We are constantly bombarded by images of celebrities at weddings; on the red carpet and at awards shows, looking resplendent in their flowing gowns and dresses. Many times, the fabric used for these luxurious creations is taffeta, a crisp, stiff fabric with a slight sheen to it. While the name might not […]

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Playing dress up is a childhood pastime that is still just as fun now as it was then. But costume making has evolved since the days of fashioning capes out of bin bags and applying blotchy face paint. The Cosplay that we know today is a giant subculture and community where TV/film/gaming/comic book fans take fancy dress to the next level, and then […]

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Velvet: once the material embodiment of luxury, now relatively commonplace. How did society’s perception of velvet change so dramatically… and what makes velvet expensive or cheap? What is velvet made of? Are there different types of velvet? Read on… and you’ll find out. How is Velvet Made? The Weaving Process Velvet refers to a type […]

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jobs art degree

Do you wonder what jobs you can get with your art degree? It’s a question that’s boggled the minds of art students worldwide. How do I know what to do after my art degree? For art students, in particular, the question of what jobs you can get with an art degree can be a bit […]

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white label cardigan

At Contrado, we offer a number of services including white labelling. This is a phrase that tends to be thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean? What is White Label Clothing? Put simply, it is a product which is produced, with no branding whatsoever. We would make the product and you, the […]

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what is satin

1. What is the Definition of Satin? Satin weave is a more complex weave as the arrangement of warp and weft threads are staggered due to the step number. Unlike a Twill weave, where the weft intersections move to the next parallel warp on the following row, Satin weave structures move the weft intersection across […]