All About Ribbons

Ribbons are decorative as well as very useful fabrics which are almost infinite in their texture, variety and color. Modern ribbons are being manufactured form different sorts of fabric, from satin to velvet and event to synthetics like rayon and nylon. They are printed, patterned, braided, woven and are decorated with sequins or pearls or shaped like ric-rac. Some are also edged with metal so that they can be easily molded and shaped and then crafted into motif ribbons. Ribbon is usually classified by the textile industry as narrow fabric.

History

Ribbons appeared when people started to create fabrics. They are considered to be among the oldest adorning or decorative materials. People always have looked for ways in order to personalize their household goods and clothing. When all of the textiles were handmade, those materials with the finest threads were considered to be the most expensive. However, the simplest and most coarse textiles that are made from plain colors can actually be made very elegant and that it can also be used in decorating. During the Middle Ages, various peddlers travelled across Europe in order to sell exotic ribbons. Renaissance and Medieval patrons bought ribbons that are woven with silver and gold thread and made from silk as well as other rare fabrics from the East. During the 1500s, the modern ribbon used today came into being. At first, ribbons were identified with luxury especially during the sixteenth century when the English Parliament tried to make wearing ribbons a thing of the nobles only. The ribbons were also identified with different orders of merit. The Knights of the Garter wore broad blue sashes even up to this day while the Knights of Bath wore red.

During the seventeenth century, the ribbons tool over the fashion world. Both the clothing of women and men were also extravagant and that every accessory from bonnets to gloves was full of ribbons of different forms. A length of silk ribbon could be given as gift in decorating clothes and are used in curling and braiding hair, for brightening linens, for ornamenting furniture and baskets.

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Strange Wedding Trends That Every Wedding Planner Should Be Aware Of

Wedding favor boxes have already become increasingly popular these days. Couples planning their weddings usually place wedding favor boxes in their list of items to prepare. You can make use of these boxes for your giveaways.
In the wedding industry, there are different trends that you need to look out in order to keep your business in the game. Here are some trends that you need to watch out and join in the bandwagon of catering these events in order to increase the profits in your wedding business.

Blood exchanges
This trend began in the Carpathian Mountain, in the remote villages of Romania. This certain tradition has already made its clamor in the American soil. The first couple to entertain this kind of concept was the once famous couple, Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie. They drew their blood suing razor blades and placed their bloods in lockets and hang it around their necks.
The ritual involves making a small cut in the side of the forearm during the ceremony. After, the couples each bring his or her lips to the cut area and take a sip. According to tradition, those who share their blood in this manner will create a bond by mixing their blood which represents the union of their lives.
In the United States, President Barack Obama has introduced new laws regulating the practice in order to ensure that blood ingestion is safe.

Self-marriage
This trend is quite bizarre and unique at the same time. Self marriage is popular amongst the population of socially awkward people and spinsters. This trend allows them to marry themselves legally in order to do away with the stigma that is connoted with single life.

The first one who petitioned self marriage was a guy known as Harry Friedman. Friedman currently holds the Guinness World Record for the person with the most flatulence passed within a 24 hour period. He was aware and accepted the fact that he would never find true love because of his chronic medical condition. He then petitioned the state to allow people like him to enjoy the benefits of one legally married as an individual partner.

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By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Trends