By Maria Villa
Graduation is right around the corner for seniors and, per graduation tradition, all will be wearing tassels. Tassels are those long loose threads bound at one end and hanging free at the other.
But why are tassels only worn during graduation ceremonies?
Designer Hart Hagerty has been creating tassel earrings since 2013. On her website, Hagerty stated she discovered tassels when she was living in Shanghai the past five years. She has since tried to turn on fashion bloggers, celebrities and everyday girls to what she considers a diverse accessory that go with pretty much any outfit.
“The beauty of my tassel earrings lies in their simplicity and versatility,” she says. “They go with pretty much any outfit from bohemian-chic to classic-cool,” said Hagerty on an interview they conducted her on “How to Style Tassel Earrings, According to an Expert.”
Some celebrities agree with Hagerty, like Beyoncé, Kate Middleton, Jamie Chung and Jennifer Lopez, all of whom have been seeing wearing tassels at events and on red carpets.
However, many may not know the history of tassels. Though today used mostly for graduation ceremonies and, for some, are a fashion trend, tassels have long been a symbol for power and prestige.
The word tassel originated from “tassau” which referred to a clasp at the neck of a garment and served as weaving knot in garments to prevent untangles. As the time passed they took on a more power meaning which were worn by ancient priests and military officers to keep away evil spirits. Roman emperor Constantine gave the order for Christians to be clothed with tassel trimmings to have a more royal look according to the Martha Stewart Living website.
Now the tassel is used for educational purposes such as moving the tassel from one side to the other to conclude that the student is now a graduate from their institution.
A small survey of students last week show how mixed opinions are.
“I wouldn’t wear them but I think it makes a great accessory for anyone who would,” said student Stephanie Cerria.
“I think they are cute and I would wear them,” said Brenda Martinez, an administration of justice major.