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The History of Embroidery Designs

Embroideries are handicrafts done on a decorating fabric. They come in various unique designs that are either machine or manually created.

Where it originated

Embroidery designs started 3000 BC ago after the needle was invented. It has nothing to do with women’s craft but it was actually a man’s job before. It usually takes them 10 yrs to master a craft under a supervision of a master. Only chosen boys are the one who has the capability to do this art. It also started long time ago in various places like in China during Warring States period, around 5th to 3rd century ago which has the finest quality silk of embroidery known as two sided embroidery. It was also outdated in Sweden during Migration period 700-300 CE, but the fabrics that were found were not possible works of embroidery. Also , during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar, and his chronicle Abu al-Fazl ibn Mubarak, who wrote something about embroidery on his famous book Ain-i-Akbari in connection with his majesty Akbar.

Embroidery is also essential to Islam people during Medieval Islamic times. During this time, wearing an embroidered clothing in Islam region are considered from a high status family. Hence not only this country has its own embroidered designs but as well as Japan, Damascus, Cairo and Istanbul, Persia, Indian, Turkey, Mexico and in Europe, which has its own as Elizabethan embroidery or raised embroidery. This embroidery design was famous for its butterflies and flower designs during the 16th century. Nowadays, it’s still popular in Western Europe and is called crewel. This technique uses two ply-wool stitching and is commonly seen on decorations and chair linens.

It Varies on According to Regions

Berlin started during 1830’s where canvas and wools were used. It shows colorful and durable characteristics and is seen in pillows, sleep covers and bags.

  • English or broderie anglaise started 1800’s, only a fine linen was used. The characteristics were rounded, embroidered, and floral. Commonly seen in trimming underclothes, and washing dresses.
  • Florentine or bargello begun 1300’s and can be made in any fabrics. Designs were actually leaves, and flowers, and are commonly seen in furniture and other decorative designs.
  • French laid or white work has started during 1700’s done in linen or any fabrics usually raised embroidery with small, tight stitches in white. Usually seen in linens, trims and other decorative uses.
  • Italian relief/ point Venice/ medieval begun 1300’s and is done in altar clothes. Designs were buttonhole and semidetached figures and are seen in decorations.
  • Mexican grew during 1800’s and were done in silk, cottons or pyrenean wool threads
  • Persian was outdated last 1500’s presented in linen and heavier materials. Designs are rich in color and patterns and are used in decorations.
  • And lastly is Venetian which outdated last 1500’s with Linen, Holland, batiste, and Brussels net with buttonhole designs and can be seen in table linens and curtain borders.

Nowadays, technology is vast and machines can do the embroidery designs. It takes patience to finish one design but the best preference would be those made manually coz it was made with dedication by talented artists around the world.

Embroidery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Embroidery is the handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as ...

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