Also called a flounce, frill, or a furbelow, this sewing technique was first spotted in the 15th century. Originally found on drawstring necklines of chemises, by the 16th century it was making appearances all over ladies' garments. Today, you can find ruffles, or ruffle-like patterns, on everything from shower curtains to leather bags and blown glass.
Need to add to your home ruffle collection? I've rounded up a number of items that employ both exuberant — and more toned down — ruffles to suit your fancy.
Haven't had enough? Check out more ruffles, ruffles everywhere!