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embroidery - Types of embroidery, History, Embroidery and needlework organizations

furnishings hand examples

The ornamentation of fabrics with decorative stitching - an art which dates from very early times (as shown in Egyptian tomb paintings), when the designs were sewn onto a base fabric by hand. It was highly developed in the Middle and Far East, and in India, for rich garments and furnishings. In Europe, church vestments provided consistently sumptuous examples. Embroidery skills were part of the needleworking ability required by most women, and applied to the making of clothes, linens, and soft furnishings; one of the most famous examples is the 11th-c Bayeux tapestry. While hand-embroidery survives as a craft, many of today's goods are embroidered using computer-controlled sewing machines, capable of reproducing complex multi-coloured patterns.

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