This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Gimp. [From Fr. guipure, to whip round with silk] A flat trimming made by twisting silk or worsted threads round a silk foundation of wire; more or less open in design; used for borders of curtains and furniture trimmings, ladies' dresses, etc.