But if you’re puzzled when I ask you to choose your “tulle color”—or when I talk about our tulle bows—please keep reading to learn more about this popular material.
1. What is tulle?
Dictionary.com says that tulle is “a thin, fine, machine-made net of acetate, nylon, rayon, or silk.” Tulle looks like very fine netting, sheer and see-through. The tulle we use is made of nylon.
2. How do you say it?
No fancy pronunciation necessary…it sounds just like “tool.”
3. Where does tulle come from?
The name “tulle” comes from Tulle, France, which was a center for lace-making way back in the 1600s. The machine-made tulle (or bobbinet tulle) that we’re familiar with today came from the UK, where John Heathcoat created a machine in the early 1800s to duplicate the complicated handwork of lace makers. They still make tulle in the UK using similar machines, but it’s also made in China and North America. Most of our tulle colors are made in the U.S.
4. Who uses tulle?
Wedding dresses and veils as well as decorations are some of the most popular applications for tulle. It’s also used in the ballet, for theater costumes, and more recently for whimsical and adorable children’s clothing. It has practical, non-decorative applications too: use it in the garden or yard to protect plants (or yourself) from insects.
5. Why do you use tulle instead of other ribbons?
We use tulle for lots of reasons: it’s reasonably priced, comes in lots of colors, makes substantial, dramatic bows, and holds its shape without wrinkling (which is important for shipping).
Tulle is a perfect fit for wedding-related events, since we use it so frequently for wedding fashion and decor. Its use in ballet and theater costumes makes it ideal for certain kids’ party favors, too (think perfectly girly favors that look like tutus or princess dresses!).
6. How many tulle colors do you have?
7. Do you offer anything other than tulle?
|Ballet Party favors with tulle bows|