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Ribbon weaving
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Ribbons (passements) were used to decorate articles of clothing from the late Middle Ages on, especially between the 17th and 19th centuries. Most were made of silk, but linen, wool, cotton, and mixed fabric were also used.

In the later 17th and early 18th centuries, the ribbon loom came into widespread use in ribbon weaving, initially in the form of the multi-stage tread loom, which replaced the single-stage loom (Weaving technology). Although still powered by hand, it enabled the production of multiple ribbons in the same operat…

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Pfister, Ulrich, “Ribbon weaving”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017310>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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