Ribbon/Bows

Ribbon is among some of the oldest decorative and adorning materials and has woven itself in many aspects of our everyday life.
Not only do ribbons add beauty, but ribbons allow for personalization of clothing, gifts, household items, greeting cards. Ribbon is used to support causes, used for cutting ceremonies and much much more, its uses are endless.
The modern history of the ribbon begins in Europe. During the Middle Ages, merchants travelled across Europe selling exotic ribbons made from silk and other expensive fabrics from the East. Ribbon was regarded as a sign of nobility and luxury and only worn by the elite. By the 1800s ribbon took over the world of fashion and became popular among the common folks in England. This was a period when womens clothing and accessories were overly decorated with ribbons. A length of ribbon could be given as a gift, used for braiding hair, decorating baskets and furniture, or for embellishing linens.
The demand for ribbon increased and the industry stepped up to the challenge by expanding production. Eventually ribbon manufacturers branched off into producing braids, cords, bookmarks, and fringes. With the development of synthetic fibers, ribbon production expanded.Today ribbon is made from a wide range of materials and still used for a variety of purposes.

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