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Rik-Rak

Example of red rik-rak. Example of red rik-rak.

Rik-rak is a term for a narrow, flat and semi-flexible band that is deliberately woven into a zig-zag. They are normally, but not inevitably, monochrome in appearance. Rik-rak is usually between 0.5 and 1.5 cm in width. This form of band was developed in the late nineteenth century, initially to finish seams and hems and later as a form of decoration, especially on garments.

Also spelt: ric-rac, rickrack (USA).

See the entry on a Sarakatsani apron from Greece.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 6 August 2016).

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Last modified on Sunday, 15 January 2017 14:12