Definition of parfilage in English:

parfilage

Pronunciation /ˌpɑːfɪˈlɑːʒ/

noun

historical
  • The unravelling of gold or silver thread from laces, epaulettes, or tassels, fashionable as a pastime among women, especially in France, in the latter part of the 18th century.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From French parfilage from parfiler to unravel thread by thread + -age.