With many items, be it draperies, picture frames, creative projects and certain baked goods, when the product is bordered with some type of trim an aesthetically pleasing element is added to the overall enhancement of the item. This also holds true in the fashion world when garments and accessories are decorated with fringe.
Fringe is an ornamental textile trim applied to an edge of a textile item in the form of tassels, hanging threads, and twisted or braided yarns.
Fringe is in!
Fringe originated as a way of preventing a cut piece of fabric from unraveling when a hemming was not used. Several strands of weft threads would be removed, and the remaining warp threads would be twisted or braided together to prevent unraveling. (Think cut off jean shorts and daisy dukes)!
In modern fabrics, fringe is more commonly made separately and sewn on. Modern “add-on” fringe may consist of wool, silk, linen or narrow strips of leather.
Fringe Fun Fact: The use of fringe is ancient, and early fringes were generally made of unspun wool (rather than spun or twisted threads).
Do you love the tasseled, fringe look, yet you need to present yourself as more business than party or playful? Add a fringe purse to your sensible business pantsuit, or put some tassel teasing shoes on your feet. Office meets glam equals sweet!
Fashionable flair with fringe!
Fringe Fun Fact: There are many types of fringe. Particularly in Western Europe, as wealth and luxury items proliferated during the Renaissance, types of fringe began to assume commonly accepted names. Styles of fringe were clearly defined in England by the year 1688.
Popular Types of Fringe:
- Bullion Fringe – Twisted yarn which generally contains threads of silver or gold. The name derives from bullion hose, which had a twisted element at the top that resembled this type of fringe.
- Campaign Fringe – This comes from the French word campane (meaning “bell”), and consists of small, bell-like tassels on the end.
- Thread Fringe – Untwisted and unbraided loose warp threads.
Bullion Fringe Fun Fact: Modern bullion fringe varies widely in texture and width, but generally is only 3 to 9 inches (7.6 to 22.9 cm) in length.
Fringe clothing works for an elegant, cocktail party event all the way down to tasseled jackets and moccasins, perfect for a day of shopping or a leisurely Sunday brunch.
You’ll always come out with a fashion win if you doll yourself up in fantastic fringe!
Hit a definite fashion win with swanky, sensual, swaying fringe!
“Pardon me, but something is stuck to your sleeve.”
“It’s part of the garment, tassels that weave.”
“Why it looks as though something is dangling from your arm.”
“Yes, the fringe sways back and forth, which is part of the charm.”
“Fringe you say? The way the threads hang, they’ll swing if you run.”
“Would you like to race? The flying fringe is part of fashion fun.”
Fringe: Fashion fun at its finest!
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