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What is ruching?

Submitted by on May 21, 2007 – 4:17 pm3 Comments
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The All-Over Baby Phat Print Tube w/ Side Ruching by Baby Phat

Have you ever heard a fashion term and had no idea where it came from?

Ruching (pronounced “roo-shing”) is a time consuming technique that, like many other art forms, is experiencing a resurgence in current fashion trends, especially in urban women’s gear (as seen above).

Ruching means to gather, ruffle or pleat in French. When sewing, fabric or ribbon is gathered in a repeat pattern to form scallops or petals.

It has been used for many years to decorate women’s clothing, accessories and quilts.

So if you don’t know…now you know! And if there are any other style terms you’re curious about, be sure to let us know.

Text: Wise Geek
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