The History of Embroidery

The craft and art of embroidery, which refers to the adornment of fabric with threaded needle and yarn, has a long and rich history. The practice, as we know it today, has been around for many decades. The art itself originated centuries ago (30 000 BC), in fact (during the Cro-Magnon days)! Fossilised remnants were uncovered recently at an archaeological site which was remains of intricately ordained and hand-stitched garments, shoes, and headgear.

In the Siberian region, dated somewhere between seven and eight thousand years ago, archaeologists found intricately drilled shells, and animal hides adorned with elaborate patterns.

Delicate threads from China have been dated as far back as 3500 BC, conveyed in artworks with scenes of embroidered silk thread garments, and pearl and precious stone emblazons. Ancient chain stitch pieces from China worked into silk have been discovered which date as far back as 4000 BC.

It is generally presumed that needlework, fibre, and embroidery craftwork originated in the East. History has shown that primitive mankind used stitch not only to fix animal hides together, but as decoration as well. This has been evident in historic paintings, sculptures, and ceramics conveying many civilisations with people dressed in embroidered garments.

The yarns and textiles which were traditionally used for embroidery have changed over the years and differ from region to region. For many centuries, silk, linen, and wool have all been utilised in the craft for both yarn and fabric. Modern embroidery thread is created from rayon and cotton as well as novelty yarns and is still manufactured in the traditional way with linen, silk, ribbon, and wool. Ribbon embroidery is made from thin organza/silk blends or pure silk ribbons. Of the high-end yarns, chain stitch and laid-work (couching, usually used for gold detail) is the least expensive of the surface embroidery techniques.

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