History of embroidery
History of embroidery
Embroidery as a technique is already very old. Nowadays embroidery is done by many as a hobby. But in the past it was mainly an activity for the good class and for various cultures it was an activity to make your clothes beautiful for Sundays and for festivities. It was also used to decorate your trousseau such as bed and other linen.
Various old embroidery pieces have been preserved and can still be seen in museums. Usually embroidery was done with a silk thread on a silk or linen fabric. This was partly because silk production emerged in the 15th century and thus became a luxury item in the north of Europe with silk embroidered clothing and things. Very beautiful motifs with many details were embroidered. Later, during the Renaissance, embroidery became more of an everyday use for the clothes worn by the nobility. This clothing was then richly decorated with all kinds of embroidered motifs.
Embroidered fabrics were also imported from, among others, China. This country is still known for its beautiful and richly decorated fabrics, such as with beautiful exotic birds and flowers. Furniture with embroidered fabric also became popular, especially in the 17th century, as well as all kinds of handbags and pouches.
But also Christian motifs, including the enormous wall hangings or all kinds of parameters for churches, among others, were all embroidered by hand. The embroidery machine was also invented during the industrial revolution. Beautiful embroidered fabrics were now accessible to everyone and not just the wealthy. There was less demand for real hand embroidery. Several churches, however, still had stoles, chasubles or cloths embroidered by hand for their processional statues according to the ancient hand techniques.
There are many techniques to make something beautiful with a needle and thread. Over the centuries, all kinds of embroidery styles have developed all over the world, mainly depending on the type of material that was available there. Art workshops Slabbinck still offers you the possibility of hand embroidery, both for new creations and for restorations.