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Soutache has been around for a long time, especially in the world of fashion. From military uniforms to haute couture creations, soutach creates amazing texture in looks. Soutache is a flat braid with a groove down its center, made of two rows of cording wrapped in rayon. It is added to designs stacked in layers—the edges of the braid are what are visible in the design and they are often sewn on around beads or cabochons. You can use it with beads and cabochons in bead embroidery for dramatic effects!

Image of a soutache beading and embroidered bracelet