Broidered, prop. רַקמָה, rikmah', variegated work or embroidery; once (Ex 28:4) תִּשׁבֵּוֹ, tashbets', tesselated stuff, i.e. cloth (byssus), woven in checker-work. SEE EMBROIDERY.
The "broidered hair" (πλέγμα, twist) of 1Ti 2:9, refers to the fashionable custom among the Roman ladies of wearing the hair platted, and fixed with crisping-pins (comp. 1Pe 3:3). "The Eastern females," says Sir J. Chardin, " wear their hair very long, and divided into a number of tresses. In Barbary, the ladies have their hair hanging down to the ground. which, after they have collected into one lock, they bind and plat with ribbons. The women nourish their hair with great fondness, which they endeavor to lengthen, by tufts of silk, down to the heels." SEE HEAD-DRESS.