Woven Ribbons

Beginning in 1862, political ribbons began featuring finely detailed words and images thanks to a silk-weaving technique called Stevengraph, invented by English ribbon maker Thomas Stevens using a Jacquard loom. The first Stevengraphs appeared as bookmarks, and were later followed by other formats such as postcards. This selection includes Stevengraphs, as well as traditional printed, stamped, and embroidered ribbons.