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Fine Worsted "Llama" Hem Braid

Originally this flat wool braid was produced for the Hudson Bay Company in Nova Scotia, from the fleece of llamas. It is found on extant Native American Indian clothing and artifacts, as well as on clothing of the first European settlers in North America, used as edging, ties and decorative trim. We have seen crewelwork wallets trimmed out in it. It was employed extensively as wear strips for 19th century ladies' skirt hems.

Today our "Llama" Braid is more economically manufactured from sheep's wool, but still retains the smooth, lustrous finish, long staple yarn and feathery weight that makes it so soft to the touch. Like our other worsted trims, this one comes in clear, saturated hues and has the same stain resistance, durability and resilience as they do. Being made on a braiding machine rather than woven on a loom gives it a diagonal thread lay that keeps it from cockling when folded around a curve, and facilitates sewing it flat onto fabric in rounded shapes. You can stretch it, you can shape it, or otherwise pull it wider or narrower according to your own design.

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Bunting Yellow
Terra Cotta

#021-100, 1" wide    $5.00/yard

#R021-100, 1" wide, 55 yard roll    $282.00

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