A ribbon or riband is a thin band of material, typically cloth but also plastic
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 or sometimes metal
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, used primarily for binding and tying. Cloth ribbons, most commonly silk
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, are often used in connection with clothing, but are also applied for innumerable useful, ornamental and symbol
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ic purposes. Cultures around the world use this device in their hair, around the body, or even as ornamentation on animals, buildings, and other areas.