I was in a hurry this morning, going up the stairs while holding my violet step bag and a laptop bag, and accidentally stepped on and ripped half of (one of the double strand) tassels off. The piece that came off is about 10 inches long. I will try to glue it back on. If that doesn't work, I might just untie the tassel, and re-tie it on, but balanced the length out. So be careful when you go up stairs!