Fringed garments became popular during the 1960s and 1970s.
As with many hippie fashions, it was a combination of the search for the alternative and non-mainstream, and the newfound love of culture and art from outside the home culture, that led hippies to the American Indian design for garments. Rawhide fringe on mocassins (WP), short jackets, long coats... eventually, garments that were not even of American Indian design
Fringe originates in the ends of the warp, projecting beyond the woven fabric. More commonly it is made separately and sewn on, consisting sometimes of projecting ends, twisted or plaited together, and sometimes of loose threads of wool, silk, or linen, or narrow strips of leather.
- Pegler, Martin M., The Dictionary of Interior Design, Fairchild Publications, 1983 at Google Books (2006 edition, ISBN 978-1-56367-444-0 at Google Books)Template:Textile-arts-stub