In contrast to guipé, where the ribbons are looped around a fiber yarn, lamé is a sort of fabric woven or knit using tiny ribbons of metallic fiber. It's usually gold or silver in hue, with some copper lamé thrown in for good measure. Lamé comes in a variety of colors and textures, depending on the other threads in the cloth. Tissue lamé, holographic lamé, and pearl lamé are all common examples.
In the sport of fencing, lamé is also utilized for its conductive characteristics to produce the overjackets (called lamés) that allow touches to be scored.
Metallic threads, generally gold or silver but available in any color, are woven or knitted into lamé fabric. Rex Fabrics carries a vast selection of lamé fabrics, some of which can be viewed online on our website and much more in our Miami location.