Spool of paper-lined taffeta ribbon and stork scissors,
from the Thrift StoreThe word taffeta comes from Persian, everyone agrees, but I found various etymologies. Some say it means "twisted woven"; I prefer "based on Persian tāftan ‘to shine.’"
My photo was inspired by Happify's photos of things: I'd asked her how she got her backgrounds so black.
"Black cloth," she said.