The Timeless Beauty of Ribbons and Bows

By Brenna Kehew Sculley

by Elliot Derhay

If you’re in the know, you know that bows are having their moment. If you’re from the South you know, bows have never not been having a moment. Still, you can’t deny that bows and ribbon are everywhere.

Bows are adding a coquettish touch across the highbrow to lowbrow spectrum. From Sabrina Carpenter, an opener on Taylor Swift’s Eras tour and enrapturing pop star in and of herself, who is trending her iconic bows with Gen Z, to Georgia and Molly in the UK’s latest Love Island iteration, the “it” girls of the past who have never left the mood boards of women since they made their very first appearance, to Sandy Liang’s latest in high fashion.

Now, in this world still bubbling with the embrace of Barbie pink, there is no better time to embrace the femininity of it all and utilize ribbon in your outfits and home designs. High-quality ribbons feature premium materials like silk or satin, vibrant colors resistant to fading, neat finishing to prevent fraying, consistent width and length, supple flexibility, resistance to wrinkling, and thoughtful packaging. Trusted brands, like D. Stevens and Midori have a reputation for quality control and ensure reliability and customer satisfaction.

Ribbon is being used for so much more than completing the perfectly wrapped gift. Highlight a Spring wreath with cute bows big and small to bring color to your front door. Embrace designer appreciation by tracking down unique and hard-to-find ribbons through curators like Vintage Passementerie, who cultivates the natural extension of her passion for textile design and ribbon arts by not only making her own traditional bobbin lace but also reselling uniquely sourced ribbon. Any color, fabric, and design can be found, and the options are endless when it comes to tracking down high-quality ribbon online.

While on-trend, the history of ribbon dates back to ancient civilizations, where cloth strips were used for decoration and adornment. In the 17th century, silk ribbons became popular among European aristocrats, symbolizing wealth and status, and the Industrial Revolution facilitated mass production of ribbons, making them accessible to wider audiences.

Today, ribbons continue to be versatile, serving decorative, symbolic, and functional purposes in celebrations, fashion, crafts, and packaging, embodying a rich tapestry of tradition and innovation. The resurgence of bows in contemporary fashion and design echoes a timeless appreciation for femininity and elegance. From cultural icons to high-fashion runways, bows and ribbons have transcended eras, serving as versatile adornments imbued with symbolism and functionality. As we navigate a world brimming with possibilities, the allure of high-quality ribbons, with their rich history and modern appeal, offers endless opportunities for creative expression and personal style. Ribbons remain an enduring symbol of craftsmanship and creativity, weaving together threads of tradition and innovation to create a tapestry of beauty and delight in our everyday lives.

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