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Embroidery: The trend from the past that is here to stay!

Marina Andreas

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Embroidery, or in a few words the art of decorating a piece of clothing with thread or yarns in different patterns, has a long-time history throughout the fashion eras. The art of embroidery was found in several cultures--from ancients Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, to the Medieval Islamic world and 18th Century Europeans. It was also equally common in royal families and average people of middle to even low classes as well. 

The exact origins of embroidery and where it actually came from are unknown but some speculate that the Middle East and Siberian regions are the motherlands of embroidery art.

 As each culture had its own techniques and patterns, you could recognize from just one piece where it came from. In India and Buddhism-dominated regions like Nepal and some parts of China, mandalas were frequently used to embody the “circle” of life and various religious elements in a perfect geometrical pattern and color combo. These have even spread today to other western cultures via meditation and new age practices and you will find them today in many new age stores. 

In the UK and Northern European cultures, embroidered clothing and pieces of fabric were associated with religious objects and a high wealthy social status, especially in the case of complex embroidery designs. A very popular technique of adding embroidery was the Opus Anglicanum one, which was characterized by Christian religious symbology and the use of silver and gold threats. However, the same technique was employed to symbolise other forms of life besides religion. Embroidery techniques in the UK were passed down from one generation of females to another and were seen as one of the vital skills a woman should have.

Non-professionals used embroidery techniques from more simple materials such as the famous Norwegian Hardanger, Ukrainian Merezhka, Irish Mountmellick and Brazilian Embroidery. 

The materials used vary from place to place but the most common ones were silk, wool, and linen using fabric and yarn. Nowadays, embroidery threads are produced in cotton, novelty and rayon pieces as well as silk and wool or lined, as it was used to traditionally. To keep embroidery steady, many used an embroidery hoop (frame) over a canvas or other type of surface.

Since the arrival of new digital technologies and automation systems the past couple of decades, computer machines can now replicate digitized designs over fabric instantly. The most common modern embroidery technology used today is for adding logos, slogans, and other commercial 3d patterns on t-shirts and other pieces of clothing. Machine/computerised embroidery is also used in household clothing cleansing pieces e.g kitchen or shower towels, quilts and furniture. 

Some will argue that embroidery is a modest and adult clothing pattern, but it can be used in baby and kids’ clothing, accessories and other items as well. In fact, adding embroidery to a kid’s piece could instantly make it more unique, cute and romantic. Check out our embroidery service and order some personalization to your kid’s clothing pieces.


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