Scallops are a semi-circle shaped ornament that has been used in multiple fields, including fashion and decoration, for centuries.
Scallops are woven borders in the shape of a semicircle, which can be applied to sheets, tablecloths, napkins and curtains. They can be simple or complex, depending on the pattern chosen.
If the French term "feston" is not very colorful, the Anglo-Saxons speak of "scallop", in reference to the wavy edges of scallops.
Artisans once used hand looms to create these borders, and the designs were often intricate and detailed. Scallops were also used to reinforce the edges of textiles, as the loops provided some resistance to wear.
Nowadays, scallops are usually created using special sewing machines that are able to replicate the intricate patterns that were once woven by hand. However, Tomète festoons are still made by hand by expert embroiderers.
Scallops are often used to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to linens. Placemats with scalloped edges can add a touch of charm to a table set for a special occasion. Napkins with swags can add texture to a table setting.
However, this ornament is not limited to household linen and, at Tomète, we have fun finding it everywhere around us:
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