According to The Oxford English Dictionary, the use of this words dates from the 19th century; "Trimming of gold or silver lace, or (in later use) of gimp, braids, or the like, or of jet or metal beads."
The word derives from 'Passement'; "Gold or silver lace, gimp or braid of silk or other material, for decorative trimming; = lace".
Earliest example -
"1539. Inv R. Wardr. (1815) 31 Ane uthir gowne of purpour satyne with ane braid pasment of gold & silver."
or Passement; "To adorn with passement or lace; to edge (a garment) with decorative braiding or trimming."
Earliest example -
"1539 Inv R. Wardr. (1815) 32 Item ane gowne of quhite velvot all droppit oure with gold wyre passmentit with the samyne."
All text within quotation marks from The Oxford English Dictionary.
Re: Passementerie Posted on: 25/05/03 at 17:20:35 GMT
Yes, its interesting how this word now tends to be used to refer to the stuff we make, although its probably a slightly later term. Its probably more useful than the modern 'narrow wares' which is used for braids and tablet weaving etc and tends to confuse a lot of people. I tend to just say 'textile trimmings' and then at least people have some idea what it is I am so obsessed by!
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Re: Passementerie Posted on: 06/06/03 at 11:05:05 GMT
'Textile trimmings' is a good choice! It certainly needs less explanation than narrow wares
Re: Passementerie Posted on: 03/12/03 at 22:34:03 GMT
Perhaps a note of interest.
Narrow braids and knot-like-work made of fine silver or gold thread are commonly found applied on textiles (prim. silk) in vikingburials throughout Scandinavia, 9th-11th century. In Birka, about 45% of the graves containing textiles had these possaments.
The possaments (about 4-6 mm wide) are firmly sewn down on a narrow strip of silk (about 1,5 cm wide), and the silkstrip is then applied on a garment, purse etc.
An ornamentstyle that doesn't go out of fashion it seems!
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