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Probably one of the most common items today is the ribbon. Ribbons come in all sorts of designs and colours and are used for all sorts of purposes. Ribbons are often used as ornamentation and for decorative purposes. For long periods of time, ribbons are used to give honour and recognition to the people who have done something significant such as scientists, artists and even athletes, people who have done something worth recognizing in the field of sports, science & technology, humanitarianism, arts, medicine and more. They are used in decorating all sorts of items for various events such as birthdays, weddings and even funerals.
Unfortunately, while they may be common items in the modern world, most people don’t actually know anything about the history of ribbons and how people first started using them.
Ribbons have been around ever since man discovered the art of crafting fabrics and are one of the oldest decorative materials in the world. It is no secret that people are always looking for ways on how they could enhance their appearance and ribbons in their own way could help even the simplest and plainest of textile colours become more elegant. In fact, in the Middle Ages, street peddlers would even travel around Europe selling exotic ribbons.
During the Medieval and Renaissance periods would buy ribbons woven with gold and silver all the way from the Orient. During these times, ribbons have become so intertwined with luxury that the English Parliament had even tried to make the wearing of ribbons exclusive to nobility in the 16th century.
The 17th century was all about ribbons with them taking over the fashion scene. Both men and women’s clothing heavily featured extravagant ribbons. Ribbons have been used for clothing and as hair ornaments and even for furniture. There was a boom in the ribbon industry which had stemmed forth the silk trade. In fact, this growth in the ribbon industry had played a significant role in sparking the Industrial Revolution when the Dutch engine loom was created wherein it can produce six types of ribbons all at once.
Ribbons would dominate this period leading up to the Victorian Era. Ribbons are prominent in Europe and in Asia.
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