Types of ribbon

Types of ribbon

The first ribbons were ordered in 1796, when Congress authorized use of a “national ribbon” to mark the nation’s first seal and flag. Since then, ribbons have been used over the centuries to create high fashion garments, draw attention to a cause, reward a champion, and distinguish a military uniform.

Ribbons have been used over the centuries to create high fashion garments, draw attention to a cause, reward a champion, and distinguish a military uniform. In 1980, trees were decorated with yellow ribbons to support the hostages in Iran; in 2013, a 5.5-mile blue ribbon was cut to reopen the Jersey Shore after the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. Do you need to take all that into account when you’re choosing a gift wrap ribbon? Absolutely not. What makes your ribbon selection special is that it comes from you.

Do you need to take all that into account when you’re choosing a gift wrap ribbon? Absolutely not. What makes your ribbon selection special is that it comes from you.

Grosgrain ribbons

These ribbons are mostly seen on clothes and some other products. They do not have a backing to add strength and stiffness. Can be made into bows, trims and accessories. Can be dyed in any color but the texture is not smooth at all.

Maybe you’ll understand the wonder of grosgrain when we tell you that it’s the official “go-to ribbon” for Martha Stewart’s crafting department. Let that sink in. Ribbed and matte, this classic choice has a good grip and preppy vibe in any width.

Wired ribbons

These are thin strands of fabric, combined with wire in order to give them a firm edge and shape. Normally seen on gift boxes or gift items, due to their beautiful appearance.

One of the secret weapons of accomplished gift-givers, a wired ribbon can help you achieve the impossible. You can bend it, sculpt it, and even defy gravity if you want, and the wire isn’t even detectable at first sight.

Satin ribbons

Satin is one of the oldest types of ribbon textiles that were first made in England around 1818. It is actually a thin kind of cloth which is completely covered with a silk fabric that gives it an elegant sheen look. Satin bow ties are extremely popular today because most men wear them as part of formal outfits such as tuxedos and dinner suits especially when attending black tie events or casinos.

The thick, shiny, smooth surface can be a little slippery to work with, but there’s nothing more luxe than a satin bow around a box. Just take it from Tiffany’s.

Burlap

Burlap is a coarse textile that can be either natural or synthetic fibers. It has been used for hundreds of years for clothing and weaving bags for shipping cereal crops/corn but also in carpets, upholstery, handbags and clothing production as well from the 1970s to 1990s

The perfect complement for kraft paper, burlap has the unmistakable spirit of rustic authenticity. You may not have woven it yourself, but it definitely adds a personal touch.

Curling ribbon

What makes curling ribbon curl with one sweep of a scissor blade? Whatever secret magic is involved, it creates irresistible tendrils that drape down your box.

Organza ribbon

Organza ribbon indicates one thing—sheer elegance. The bridal favorite gives any present a dreamy, fairy-tale aura. Add some wired edges, and you can achieve absolutely ethereal volume.

Velvet ribbons

Plush, warm, and pure indulgence to touch, velvet ribbons are a traditional staple. You can decorate a gift at the holidays with a decadent bow that the recipient can wear afterward in their hair.

Of course, there are endless more variations and forms of ribbon, from twine, lace, and iridescent, to infinity and beyond. Which is right for your gift? Some of the many different types of ribbon are better suited for certain projects, but the choice may come down to which ones are easiest for you to work with and create the best effects. Give them all a chance because it’s an inexpensive way to give your creativity dimension and texture. Take a look at our selection at LaRibbons & Crafts—you might never buy another premade bow again.

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