What are hat ribbons made of?

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Magnus, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. Magnus

    Magnus New in Town

    I don't seem to be able to find a place to answer this.

    On the high end hats like the more expensive Borsalino hats.

    What are those shiny grosgrain ribbons made of?

    Is it 100% Polyester
    A mix of cotton and rayon?
    Is it silk?
    Or something third?

    Does anybody know?
  2. ChicagoWayVito

    ChicagoWayVito Practically Family

    The quick answer is that you want a grosgrain ribbon that is a blend of cotton and rayon. Usually it is 40% cotton and 60% rayon. Ribbons have changed significantly over the years so if you can find yourself some vintage grosgrain ribbon you will be better off as they are less stiff and have better workability. The pattern number for the ribbon would want to find is 50-7005 but that will be difficult to find. I am sure that others are having good success with different types of ribbon as well.
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  3. LuvMyMan

    LuvMyMan I’ll Lock Up.

    Most vintage ribbon from around 1940 or older is the best to try to find. Also the edge of the ribbon (grosgrain) should be a smooth edge, not a saw tooth for working on a hat. You could use the saw tooth edge but it may create a problem later if things snag on it and it does not sit down on the hat as well as a smooth edge ribbon.
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  4. Short Balding Guy

    Short Balding Guy I'll Lock Up

    Minnesota, USA
    Magnus; Hat ribbons - yes to all questions as there are all kinds of hats and ribbons. Check this thread out for a bunch of different ribbons- http://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/hat-adornments-ribbons-bows-pins-pugs-leather-etc.62249/ Check out Rabbit's post here - http://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/hat-adornments-ribbons-bows-pins-pugs-leather-etc.62249/ grosgrain, petersham shown and vintage/modern explained.

    Vintage Borsalino ribbons vary in materials depending on the hat and age.

    Best, Eric -
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2016
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  5. TheDane

    TheDane Call Me a Cab

    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Southern French factory, Vialaton & Martin supplied big parts of the European market for hat ribbon during most of the 20'th Century. Most of it was not cotton/rayon - it was made from silk. Vintage V&M silk ribbon is what Leon Drexler use - and it's used on the Optimo 1000's.
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