So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green!
That dance consists of pairs of boys or girls who stand around the base of the pole, each holding the end of a ribbon. They weave in and around each other, boys going one way and girls the other until the ribbons are woven around the pole.
I am a fan of ribbons, and I have brought a small selection into the shop. I am going to be carrying more including Midori silks. I am sure in England today pink ribbons are waving since a new princess was born, and England is where the modern history of the ribbon begins.
During the Middle Ages, merchants traveled across Europe selling exotic silk ribbons and expensive fabrics from the East. Geoffrey Chaucer talks about "ribbands" in The Canterbury Tales from 1475; he describes a young maiden with a "bonnet deck'd with ribbands high.
By the 1500s, ribbons were made with finished edges, and they became a sign of nobility and luxury and were only worn by the elite.
Some ribbons from the shop!
In the 1800s, ribbons took over the fashion world and were readily available for the common folks in England. This was a period where women’s clothing and accessories were overly decorated with ribbons.
Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons."
~Ruth Ann Schabacker