Passementerie is used to describe a range of decorative textile trimmings such as bands, tassels, fringes and cords, made using various techniques. The TextielLab features the following techniques:
Band weaving
This technique is done on band-weaving looms. Several bands can be woven on one loom at the same time. The shuttle moves back and forth along the shuttle box. 
Cord twisting
Yarn is twisted to make decorative cords. Different cords are twisted together in opposite directions to make a thicker cord, until the desired thickness is achieved.
Cord braiding (gimp)
Yarn is braided around a base strand.

Suitable products

Passementerie techniques are usually used for making decorative bands, cords or tassels for design, fashion or interior applications. Products are made in cooperation with the client incorporating straightforward to more complicated patterns.
Cords and bands can be made in various thicknesses and widths. 
  • Machine woven, from 5 to 10 mm thick, or
  • Hand-made, up to 50 mm thick.
The base strand can also be covered with special yarns.
  • Hand- or machine-woven in various widths up to a maximum of ± 6 cm.
  • Hand- or machine-woven.
Dienke Dekker (Yearbook 2013)
Bas van Tol voor NIIO (Yearbook 2011)
Sabine Staartjes (Yearbook 2012)

Suitable projects 

These facilities are particularly suitable for fashion, interior and product designers and students of similar disciplines.
Only projects involving unique products, prototypes or limited editions are accepted. 
Machinery dating from the end of the 19th century is used and is either automatic or hand-operated. This allows the TextielLab to continue using traditional passementerie techniques.
You can start work in the TextielLab as soon as your request has been approved and the contract has been signed. It is important to be well prepared before starting. See the information below.
TextielLab passementerie essentials:
  • A selection of yarns that you want to work with (see information about available yarns (dit wordt de link naar de garens) in the TextielLab)
  • Relevant sketches, sample materials/colours/structures
  • For an optimal result, it is important to be present during the development of the material
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