Fabric is woven and cut into strips, those strips are tufted (made to frizz up) giving Chenille its fuzzy look. The strips are then woven or embroidered into a fabric.
In the 1920’s and 1930’s chenille tufted bedspreads produced by cottage industry in the state of Georgia were a nationwide fad. Bedspreads were printed with patterns and families embroidered the spreads with tufted yarn.
Today chenille yarns are popular with knitting hobbyists and chenille upholstery is frequently used on sofas and recliners.