The word “passement” is an early French word for lace, derived from the 16th century Renaissance era.

The word “passementeries” is used today as a general term describing trimmings for clothing and soft furnishings. These trimmings include gimps, braids, lace edging, pompoms, rosettes, fringes, elaborate cords and tassels. If one visits the medieval castles of Europe, traditional (and often the original) passementeries can still be seen on…