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Different type of braided cord: Can you name all of them (Part II)

Trimming cord/rope has many types and they each have their own name.

To continue with the next part of the articile , let’s walk through the rest of different type of cords that avaible in Japanese market.

For the first part of this article, please see click here.

Bellows Cord


Rayon bellows cord

A cord with a dent in the center. It is flat but slightly thicker, giving it a three-dimensional appearance when sewn on.

It is used for cord embroidery, borders, etc.

Bag Cord


A cord that is bag-shaped. Among round cords and flat cords, bag-shaped cords are sometimes specially called this.

It is often used for shoelaces.

Yamamichi Tape


Also known as rickrack tape, this tape is made in the shape of a mountain road (zigzag).

This tape is often sewn on top of blouse collars, skirt hems, etc., and used for line decorations.

It is also used for edging by inserting it between fabrics and letting half of the zigzag pile peek out.

Twill bamboo cord (sailor tape)


Also known as sailor tape. As the name suggests, it was used for the collar of sailor uniforms, hence the name.

The thickness is often indicated in millimeters, 13 strokes, 17 strokes, and so on.

The tape is available in a wide range of colors and has a moderate bounce, making it suitable for use as a line tape.

Basket weave cord


This stone-grained pattern tape is soft and shrinkable, making it particularly easy to change widths among flat cords.

Centipede Tape


A type of trimming braid tape with a jagged edge of approximately 3 to 5 mm wide, used for cord embroidery, edging, etc.

Aglets processing

If cords are left uncut, they may come loose and not look good.

By treating the ends, it becomes easier to thread the cord.

Adding aglets can be done by tying the ends or attaching cord ends to prevent the ends from fraying.

We have an article about cord aglets. If you are interest, please take a look at Customized Aglets: Things you might not know

Metal cord end


As the name suggests, this is a method of wrapping metal around the end of a cord. This is often seen on hoodie hood strings.

Bullet metal cord end


This is a metal tip process in which there is no hole at the end of the metal and the tip is shaped like a bullet. This type is more rounded than the above metal tip processing.

Metal cord end for flat cord


Flat cords sometimes look awkward when you tie the end of the cord. In such cases, there is a metal tip processing that is perfect for flat cords.

It looks neat when matched to the size of the cord.

Aglets processing

Cell tip is processed by attaching a clear tubular plastic that shrinks with heat to the end.

You often see this process on hoodie hoods, sweatshirt waist ties, shoe laces, etc.

Usually, you have to ask the cord manufacturer to make the cord, but for home use, it is also sold at handicraft stores under the name of “heat-shrinkable tubing”.

By applying heat with an iron, the tube can be easily shrunk so that the cord can be processed at home.


The list may goes on depending on your country and the usage. How many types of cord above have you come across?

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Hi guys, this is Jane, the editor of ApparelX News. As a foreigner living in Tokyo, I hope my posts will help international readers get an overview about Japanese fashion industry as well as Japanese culture!