Brocade is a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, often made in colored silks and with or without gold and silver threads. A brocade is produced by a supplementary, non-structural, weft in addition to the standard weft that holds the warp threads together. The purpose of this is to give the appearance that the weave actually was embroidered on.
Brocade has been a favourite of Indian Fashion Designers for many years. The use of Silver and Gold detailing make this especially acceptable to Indian Clothes, that are normally richly detailed. From the times of the Maharajas in India, rich and luxurious fabrics have been appreciated - and brocade certainly fits that bill.