Fringed garments became popular during the 1960s and 1970s.

Hippie girl fringe

While fringe can be manufactured with strings of beads, woven thread, or other means, the only common material that has tensile strength enough to be cut into fringe and not break or unravel is leather, as seen here

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

Before and after the hippie era, fringe was an ornamental textile trim applied to an edge of an item, such as drapery, a flag, epaulettes, or decorative tassel.

Roger Daltrey Fringe

Images of Jimi Hendrix wearing his striking white beaded fringe jacket on the stage at Woodstock during the daytime are easy to find; less so, this long-fringed shirt Roger Daltrey wore at a Woodstock night performance

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.


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