Lamé (fabric)

Gold-lamé and emerald royal boudoir gown from the film Cleopatra (1934)

Lamé is a type of fabric woven or knit[1] with thin ribbons of metallic fiber, as opposed to guipé, where the ribbons are wrapped around a fibre yarn. It is usually gold or silver in color; sometimes copper lamé is seen. Lamé comes in different varieties, depending on the composition of the other threads in the fabric. Common examples are tissue lamé, hologram lamé and pearl lamé.

An issue with lamé is that it is subject to seam or yarn slippage, making it less than ideal for garments with frequent usage. Lamé is often used in evening and dress wear and in theatrical and dance costumes. It was, at one time, ubiquitous as a favourite material in futuristic costumes for science fiction television and films.

Lamé is also used for its conductive properties in the sport of fencing to make the overjackets (called lamés) that allow touches to be scored.

Lamé was used in the making of the ephod.[2][3][4]

See also


  1. "Lamé". Textile Dictionary. FabricLink. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  2. "Exodus 39:3". Online Multilingual Bible. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  3. "Exodus 39". Book of Exodus (King James Version). Wikisource. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  4. "Ephod". The Jewish Encyclopedia (1906). Funk and Wagnalls. Retrieved 28 November 2016.

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