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What is trimming?

If you are wondering what trimmings are, you have come to the right place, it is not an outdated subject as you think, but we are talking about innovative and refined products

What is trimming? Forgive us, if you are a tailor or seamstress, because you surely know all the secrets. But for beginners, we want to contemplate the possibilities that this term offers.
In fact, the word trimming: refers to all the materials of different types that are used in the confection, not only for the definition of the trimmings but also for the processing and decoration.
The term derives from the French “passement”, a clue to laces, laces and precious materials.

In Italian, the term has been translated as “passamano”, meaning what is produced by interweaving threads and materials, passing them from one hand to the other to create wonderful textures.
Trimmings, on the other hand, is a very interesting more generic term and its value is current and innovative. Precisely, for the type of materials used, in fact, we have: warps, fabric tubes, knitting yarns, very fine silks, polyurethane sheaths, cashmere, ribbons of all kinds.

If we think of the meaning of a work of art, we can think of trimmings as a culmination, that little something extra; that can make the difference that only experts can create with art and professionalism. Any element that can embellish a garment, an object, a product can be part of the very rich vocabulary of trimmings.

The value of the term is so broad that we can find extracts and meanings also at the historical and cultural level, let’s discover them together.


It is a particular historical origin, precisely because it is very old, indeed the primitive populations, the Egyptians and many other civilizations, in particular Eastern, used it. The need to give value to a trimming, an object has always been present since the beginning of humanity, especially on important occasions such as ceremonies, also to reaffirm hierarchical roles through clothing and ornaments.

“Trimmings, with a decorative function but also an example and distinction, express elegance, the richness of details, ostentation but always with a healthy eclecticism and never with vulgarity.”

Just think of the use in the French and English aristocratic era and why not in the theater, the theatrical costumes and the theatricality offered by the decorations with which the clothes were adorned. Trimmings, are also found in religion: indeed, many religions ordered and still order sumptuous and highly decorated ceremonial garments to attest to their importance.


Trimmings, can be both industrial and artisanal and each of these techniques can be used to produce something emergent and new.
Industrial type production is suitable for anything that requires a weaving process such as fringes.

What does trimming mean, in today’s world specifically and what are its uses?

Trimmings, invite us to discover our personality. It is something important, because it is a set of ribbons, cords, ornaments; to be applied to our favorite among the borders that help us to make a dress or an object.

We have different objectives for applying trimmings:

Structural: For joining, stopping hems, keeping fabric unraveled, or simply embedding fabrics through ribbons, edging, etc.
Decorative: the most important, elegant and unique that makes clothes wonderful, precious objects and embellishes everything they touch.

Both structural and decorative, trimmings can be used for different sectors as we have said, two in all: trimmings for clothing; trimmings for furniture


Refinement, colors, finishes and decorative applications such as: ribbons, laces and fringes, represent trimmings in the world of clothing. For haute couture, many trimmings are produced and applied, especially in an artisanal way, giving life to true masterpieces.
In clothing, it’s not just clothes in fact we also have many examples of processes with really complex and unique trimmings, such as: bags, necklaces, belts, various types of leather goods and so on. Many high fashion brands, turn to our company Forza Giovane, for the production of something excellent and elegant.

The materials used must return light and color to a trimming through unique and unrepeatable decorations. In addition to the known classic fibers, materials such as synthetic fibers are also used, precisely so that they can last over time.


The trimmings do not stop, are also found in the furnishing products of the big brands which do not necessarily indicate opulence and luxury; but are synonymous with great elegance and innovation.
Many artists, designers of furniture brands and many architects and interior designers use trimmings from our production to create various types of furnishing accessories.

In conclusion, we can affirm that trimmings and this passing from hand to hand have marked our history both culturally and exponentially, thanks to the creation of products on the market. Our company takes care of it quickly and carefully and we do it with passion to satisfy all new and old customers.

For any information, we invite our passionate readers to contact us, we will be happy to meet your expectations.
For many centuries, trimmings have always been worked by hand and in an artisanal way. In the 18th century, we witnessed an industrialization that significantly marked the entire history of fabrics, exports and obviously innovation, first of a mechanical type and then of a technological one.

But have we really said goodbye forever to looms, braiding machines and manual labor? Obviously not. The value of manual work, even in trimmings, is immeasurable, it is inspired by ancient values, culture and above all it reminds us of patience, harmony and taste.

We take care of producing trimmings for many uses: from the most luxurious to enhance a fashion trimming, to the decorative use of an industrial product in furnishing and obviously we also treat with enthusiasm the ecclesiastical world. and military. and passion that distinguishes our company.

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