It’s a strip of fabric gathered and stitched to a garment’s hem, usually to a skirt.

The ruffle, or frill, can be made of the same fabric or of a different material.

During the 19th and 20th century ruffles were used to adorn dresses and skirts, specially of evening garments.

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Bibliography: Callan, Georgina O’Hara; Enciclopédia da moda de 1840 à década de 90 / Georgina O’Hara Callan ; verbetes brasileiros Cynthia Garcia : tradução Glória Maria de Mello Carvalho, Maria Ignez França – São Paulo : Companhia das Letras, 2007.

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