Soutache (pronounced SOO-tash), also referred to as "Russia braid," is a common element in the French art of passementerie. Developed in the 16th century, passementerie encompasses a wide range of trims, braids and tassels used as decoration on haute couture, draperies and furnishings. To make the “galoons” most often seen on military uniforms, swirls of soutache are stitched flat. In Soutache & Bead Embroidery, however, lengths of soutache are "stacked" to create a more solid visual element and a stable base for the addition of beads.
Soutache can be curved and shaped into many patterns and because it is essentially a textile, soutache jewelry has two wonderful properties; it is extremely light-weight and, like a well-made piece of clothing, it will conform to the wearer’s body.
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