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Ornamental trimming for a garment, as braid, lace, or metallic beads.

[French, from passement, ornamental braid, cloth, from Old French, a passing, from passer, to pass; see pass.]


(pæsˈmɛntrɪ; French pɑsmɑ̃tri)
(Textiles) a decorative trimming of gimp, cord, beads, braid, etc
[C16: from Old French passement, from passer to trim, pass]


(pæsˈmɛn tri)

trimming of braid, cord, bead, etc., in any of various forms.
[1850–55; < French, Middle French, = passement(er) to trim (v. derivative of passement trimming, Old French: passage; see pass, -ment) + -erie -ery]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.passementerie - a decoration or adornment on a garmentpassementerie - a decoration or adornment on a garment; "the trimming on a hat"; "the trim on a shirt"
adornment - a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
braiding, gold braid, braid - trimming used to decorate clothes or curtains
miniver - trimming on ceremonial robes consisting of white or light grey fur
rickrack, ricrac - a narrow zigzag ribbon used as trimming
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This book offers a step-by-step guide to manipulating fabric and making and applying a rich variety of embellishments, including braids, decorative ribbons and bows, feathers and passementerie.
Femme Assise, 1966, Enrico Baj (1924-2003), felt, a scarf, passementerie, beads, wooden objects and wax crayons on fabric on canvas in artist's frame, 150 x 116cm.
Huh also emphasizes contrast: "When I think of feminine elements, I turn toward traditional design, such as the curvilinear shapes of Louis VI pieces, floral or other nature-inspired textiles and wallpapers, trims and passementerie, and traditional curtain and furniture making,'' she says.
Like the Velvet Passementerie, the manufacture was inspired by another distinctly feminine concept for the strap: the corset.
Taking on the popular military trend with an empowering twist, the Urban Utility theme finds beauty in passementerie, frogging and symbolic decoration.
New mechanical and electronic models of crochet knitting machines will be displayed for many applications, such as narrow fabrics (lace, ribbons, bands) for underwear, passementerie, fancy yarns, textiles for technical applications and special fabrics for outerwear.
Over that she wore a sky blue wool crepe coatdress with matching satin piping and passementerie - braid trimming - at the waist and cuff.
Carole Middleton, Kate's mother is wearing a sky blue wool crepe coatdress with matching satin piping and passementerie at the waist and cuff over a sky blue silk shantung 'Sydney' day dress with short pleated sleeves and pleated pockets.
These items, like haute-couture in high fashion, are part of a revival of the French art of passementerie, where tiebacks and tassels adorn and beautify the details.