Some Ribbon Terminology
The following are some terms relating to ribbon:
Acetate Ribbon: Acetate ribbon is made from a stiffer variety of satin cloth. Because this ribbon holds shapes better, acetate ribbon is often used for wedding decor and for larger, decorative bows.
Brocade Ribbon: Brocade ribbon is cut from preexisting cloth. It is usually taken from a fabric with an intricate design, typically a flower pattern with metallic threads or other embellishments.
Colorfastness: The colorfastness of a ribbon or other fabric is how well the color resists fading. Fading can occur from extended contact with light or moisture.
Florist Ribbon: Florist ribbon is a custom ribbon of the floral industry. This ribbon is firmer and retains shapes well because it usually has wire or another stiff material along its edges.
Greige Goods: Greige, or gray, goods are textiles that have been woven but have not been colored. This ribbon looks just like it did after coming off of a ribbon loom. Because of its more ordinary appearance, greige textiles are recommended for practical uses rather than ornamental ones.
Grosgrain Ribbon: Grosgrain ribbon is a more durable ribbon. It is heavier and has tighter, crosswise weaving.
Organza Ribbon: Organza ribbon is a lighter ribbon. It is often made of nylon, and it is typically semi-transparent.
Put-up: The put-up of a ribbon spool is how many yards of ribbon are wrapped around the spool.
Warp: In regards to ribbons, the warp is the lengthwise weave of a ribbon.
Weft: In regards to ribbons, the weft is the weaving of a ribbon that runs crosswise or horizontal, as compared to the warp.