ABOUT THIS DESIGN

Why Tassels?

Passementerie is the French art of making elaborate trimmings, the tassel being its primary expression. In the 16th Century to enter the guild it would take an apprentice 7 years to become a Passementier (represented by the 7 primary tassels of this design). Passementerie with clothing was for a long time reserved for the elites as a sign of social distinction among royalty, aristocracy, religious and military. In Egypt, Mesopotamia and throughout the Arab world tassels were worn by children on hoods or caps to protect them from malevolent spirits and to ward off demons. In the Hebrew Bible the Lord instructed Moses to tell the Israelites to make tassels on the corners of their garments to help them remember the commandments and as a sign of holiness. Today they are often seen on graduation mortar boards with the colour of the tassel representing the field in which the degree was obtained.

This design comes in Scarlet Red (Theology & Divinity), Dark Blue (Philosophy), Golden Yellow (Science and Nature), Turquoise Light Blue (Education), White (Arts), Pink (Music)