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An ornamental border or edging, especially one inlaid on a stringed instrument.
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They are often decorated with additional wood strips called purfling. The purfling strips between the bindings and the ribs are generally referred to as side purfling the top or back, and the ones between binding and plate are called either plate purfling or more commonly just purfling.
His hands were a bit rheumatic which makes it all the more remarkable that he was able to do the 'purfling' all the way round the edge of the violins.
The body of this instrument has one-to-three sound holes, usually decorated with purfling, a narrow binding to reinforce the plates and prevent cracking along their edges.
This is called purfling, and six of these strips fit into a groove near the edge of each plate for purposes of decoration; too, they protect the plate's edge.