This form of fringe is a natural extension of a garment, and not only acts as a decoration, but as a wick, forming a natural barrier to moisture.
|Purple suede vest (English), c. 1960s|
|Matching purple suede pants (English), c. 1960s|
|Plain Indian leather dress with heavy beading, c. 1880-1900|
|Dress beading and fringe detail|
For textiles which are woven, the fringe is a natural extension of the warp threads beyond the weft; they are often finished off by knotting the extensions.
|Braided black shawl, Colombian, c. 1960-1976|
|Shawl fringe detail|
|Ivory silk crepe and silk fringe dress, American, c. 1930s|
|Bodice fringe detail|
|Woven dress (designer Proenza Schouler), c. 2015|
|Dress fringe detail|
Beads provide weight, sound, and a reflective surface for drama.
|American handbags, c. 1910s|
|Blue wool Dolman cape, Chinese, c. 1883|
|Beaded fringe detail|
|Black silk Georgette evening dress, c. 1920|
|Silver beads and sequin fringe detail|
|Pink silk evening dress (Yves St. Laurent), c. 1969|
|Glass bead and sequin fringe detail|
Tassels and Fly Fringe
The most elaborate of the fringe styles, tassels and fly fringe are often formed or suspended from intricately woven lattices or net. While the tassel has been in use for thousands of years, fly fringe was developed in the 1700s and structured from little tufts of fabric or yarn incorporated into the fringe.
|Beige wool Dolman cape with fly fringe, American, c. 1878|
|Fly fringe detail|
|Black silk velvet vest with silk tassels, Eastern European, c. 1900s|
|Tasseled fringe detail|
|White silk dress with chenille fringe and silk tassels, American, c. 1860s|
|Chenille fringe and silk tassel detail|
Fringe Elements continues to show at the Kent State Museum through July 1, 2018. What I've featured here is just a fraction of the garments and types of fringe on display spanning across eras and cultures. Do visit!
For more photographs from the Fringe Elements exhibit, please visit my Pinterest page. Blessings and happy sewing!