Trim – Braid

By | May 7, 2016

trim_braid_05Braid is a category of trim. As the name suggests, it features strands of fiber that have been braided together. Sometimes this is obvious. Sometimes it isn’t.

As a rule of thumb, you can determine if a trim is braided by process of elimination. If it’s not leather, not fringe, not sequin and not pleated fabric, it’s probably a braid of some kind or other.


Yes, this is a braided trim. Source:

Most often, you’ll find this on costumes with a military flavor – officers love fancying up their dress uniforms with braid. It will turn up on certain folk costumes, too, as braiding strands of something is a task that even a peasant can do without any other tools.

The washability of braided trim depends on what its made from – pay attention to the spool when you buy it. The most common varieties are made from polyester and are okay to wash in a machine, unless they’re metallic in which case, they might be hand-washable, but you don’t want them going anywhere near your dryer.


Guimp (or gimp) braid. Source:



A selection of braided trims.


A selection of braided trim. Source:


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