Round or flat: Everything is possible
We distinguish between round braids and flat braids. The round braids have an oval or round cross section; according to the application we talk about strings (technique), cords (cloth), cable (electrical engineering) or ropes (medium and heavy execution).
Flat braids are also called laces.
Strength is your strength
An outstanding feature of braids is that their load capacity compared to similar products, made with other techniques, is considerably higher. Standard braids have only a low lateral stability. Due to this property they can be sewn to other textiles without problems. On the other hand they can be made rigid and stiff with inserts and finishing treatments.
High load capacity is very popular
Because of the special properties, braids can be found (often hidden) in many different applications. Some examples: Clothes and shoes, candle wicks, sash cords, water ski ropes, mountaineering ropes, yachting ropes, parachute lines, fishing nets, mooring lines, medical applications such as catheters or dental floss, overbraided high-pressure tubes, ground cables or harnesses.
You will find more information regarding Braiding and Braiding Technique under: Literature.