We had ribbon sellers who turned up at the front door with tall poles on which were ribbons of different widths, and a rainbow of colours. Or we had fun going and choosing ribbons (made of nylon in my day, mostly) matching our dresses...schools always specified the colour of the hair-ribbons as well as the rest of the uniforms. Strangely, multicoloured or printed ribbons were never in fashion.
What happened to ribbons? Will they ever make a comeback, imbued as they now are with the qualities of being dowdy and rustic? Will Alice ever wear a ribbon threaded through her hair instaed of an Alice band?