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Traditional Bengali embroidery is making a difference in many village women’s lives.

Traditional Bengali embroidery is making a difference in many village women’s lives.

  The event named “The eye of the needle”, was hosted by the West Bengal Crafts Council last year, showcasing the innate artistry practiced all over the Bengali-speaking region. The unstated message was “crafted by women, strategised for economic freedom”. Traditional Bengali embroidery is making a difference in many village women’s lives. What was once a simple pastime, is increasingly done for financial rewards. It is empowering the artisans. Over his lifetime, octogenarian Ghazi Dewan (name changed) has had passports of four different countries: British India, India (post 1947), Pakistan...

Mayan women in Guatemala create garments that are made from two kinds of handwork – weaving and embroidery

Mayan women in Guatemala create garments that are made from two kinds of handwork – weaving and embroidery

Cultures as diverse as Latvia, Mexico and Hungary are a few of the many places on earth where hand embroidery is still a thriving craft. Pictured above is an example of embroidery from France. Historians have found embroidery that dates all the way back to the 5th Century BC in China. If the words “Hand Embroidery” make you think of a gift from Granny in days gone by, here’s some great and colorful news. Hand embroidery – the craft of decorating fabric using needles with thread or yarn – is a...

Reduce poverty with traditional embroidery

Reduce poverty with traditional embroidery

Dong ethnic woman helping to reduce poverty with traditional embroidery The 33-year-old woman learnt such embroidery techniques from her mother, a well-know expert in the local community. She started practicing stitch-work from a very young age. After graduating from college in 2008, Lu decided to pick up the skill again. She said the traditional Dong embroidery techniques are of special significance to the Dong culture, and she has a responsibility to carry it on as a Dong woman. More importantly, as the oldest daughter of her family, Lu has an...

HmongEmbroidery

HmongEmbroidery

The Hmong Cultural Center and the Hmong Archives would like to thank the following people who contributed their time to support this project. Xai S. Lor is the curator of the Hmong Embroidery project. He wrote narratives for the selected pieces to be featured on the Hmong Embroidery website. He also took photographs and worked on the development of the website. Kou Xiong also worked on the website. Shoua V. Xiong of Hmong ABC Bookstore served as a consultant, and answered questions and clarified things that were unclear. Proofreading was...

Toda Embroidery

Toda Embroidery

Toda Embroidery Ooty is a tourist place situated in Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu, India. It is the district capital of the Nilgiris, also known as The Blue Mountains. Nilgiris is India’s first biosphere. It has been declared as one of the 14 hotspots of the world because of its unique bio-diversity. With its district headquarters as Ooty, almost the entire district is contained within this mountain range. The Toda women do an aesthetically great and intricate form of embroidery on matted fabric and this form of art holds a cultural...

Traditional Croatian culture

Traditional Croatian culture

Traditional Croatian culture The Pannonian cultural zone has been characterised by the growing of grain, flax and hemp, and breeding larger domestic animals (horses, cattle). The people lived in single-storey houses made of wood or mud and wattle (in the west), or of compacted clay or unfired bricks (in the east), with straw roofs. Along the River Kupa and River Sava, two-storey houses were prevalent, the successors to pile-dwellings. Furniture was tall. Home crafts which were particularly developed included weaving on a horizontal loom and pottery using a foot-turned wheel....

Women’s traditional clothing in Bulgaria and European fashion

Women’s traditional clothing in Bulgaria and European fashion

Women’s traditional clothing in Bulgaria and European fashion “Covering the hair with a headscarf was preserved most of all as a ritual function in some traditions – “lazaruvane”, wedding rituals,” Ellie Gutseva explains. “In towns hats were in and there was a period when they were very popular, taking all sorts of flamboyant and fantastic shapes and sizes. But by the 1920s and 1930s things had definitely changed radically.” “Until the time of the liberation, Bulgarian women wore the traditional costume mostly in villages. It consisted of chemise and outer skirt open...

Art of the Sinai

Art of the Sinai

Art of the Sinai Preserving Cultural Tradition FanSina is located in St. Catherine’s, a small village about a six-hour drive from Cairo, and sits at the foot of the traditional location of Mt Sinai. St. Catharine’s monastery, which was built by the Roman Emperor Justinian in the mid-sixth century, is a frequent destination of pilgrims. In 1996 the European Union funded a program to establish the natural protectorate of St. Catherine and several others in this region. One of the projects was the Craft and Income Generation Project of the...

Can ancient skill of embroidery help alleviate poverty in a remote area of China?

Can ancient skill of embroidery help alleviate poverty in a remote area of China?

At the forefront is a local embroidery workers’ cooperative led by Zhang Juyue, a 20-something member of the ethnic minority with a penchant for reaching out to the wider market. Her skill in forming partnerships is bringing Qiang handcrafted embroidery wider renown and possibly greater wealth to combat poverty in the community. Today, however, they are working to promote their traditional embroidery as a valuable alternative income stream. A stitch in time: can ancient skill of embroidery help alleviate poverty in a remote area of China? Workers cooperative helps the...

Hand embroidery on knit fabric

Hand embroidery on knit fabric

You want to add a little embroidered motif to a T-shirt? You have to stitch on knit! Baby goods – like onesies and receiving blankets – are often knit, so if you want to embellish them with a personal touch, you’ll want to know how to stitch on knit. If you’re interested in embellishing knit fabrics with little bits of embroidery (or big bits!), then read on! I’ll share with you my recent adventures in embroidering ducks on baby goods, throwing in a few tips and observations along the way....

Embroidery – Quat Dong Village The history of Quat Dong embroidery dates back to the 15th century, when a Vietnamese ambassador in China returned home and passed ancient embroidery techniques to Vietnamese villagers. Over the centuries, embroidery went from being used on ceremonial and royal clothes to adorning a wide range of products. Now you can find beautifully emrboidered tablecloths, bedspreads, sheets, and pillow cases in Quat Dong Village   Do Papermaking – Suoi Co Village Traditional Vietnamese paper, Do, is made from the bark of Rhamnoneuron balansae shrub native to Vietnam. It’s...

Hand Embroidery in Viet Nam

Hand Embroidery in Viet Nam

Hand Embroidery in Viet Nam Traditional hand embroidery can be made on any type of fabric: cotton, silk… After having the pattern, the artist has to transfer it to the fabric. This step is done entirely by hand, using a scanned paper needle pattern in cmbination with pastels and kerosene. Also, the pattern is adapted to the fabric with only the stroke but not the color as cross embroidery. With hand embroidery, the artisan has the chance to show their creativity with many different color codes of the thread, including...

In East Asia, growth picked up in Hong Kong (China) and Taipei (China), though growth forecasts are unchanged for the subregion at 6.0% in 2018 and 5.8% in 2019

In East Asia, growth picked up in Hong Kong (China) and Taipei (China), though growth forecasts are unchanged for the subregion at 6.0% in 2018 and 5.8% in 2019

       In a supplement to its Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2018 report released last April, ADB forecasts 2018 growth for Asia and the Pacific at 6.0% for 2018 and 5.9% for 2019, in line with its previous projections. Excluding Asia’s newly industrialized economies, growth is forecast at 6.5% in 2018 and 6.4% in 2019, also unchanged from April.  Growth in Asia and the Pacific’s developing economies for 2018 and 2019 will remain solid as growth continues apace across the region, despite rising tensions between the United States and...

The traditional embroidery craft in Dong Cuu village

The traditional embroidery craft in Dong Cuu village

Among the villages, Dong Cuu established itself as a trustworthy address for making and restoring royal robes for Kings, Queens and members of royal family. Now the village’s best buy products include costumes for hau dong (mediumship) ritual. The traditional embroidery craft in Dong Cuu village, Dung Tien commune, Thuong Tien district in Hanoi, was recently honoured as a national intangible cultural heritage. For hundreds of years, embroiderers in the village have established their fame for making royal robes and costumes for festivals and worshipping rituals. It is said that...

Thanh Ha in embroideryviet was one of the first people to see profit in his local craft

Thanh Ha in embroideryviet was one of the first people to see profit in his local craft

Thanh Ha in embroideryviet was one of the first people to see profit in his local craft Looking out across his green rice fields, Mr Minh in Embroideryviet company can take pride in hedging his bets when he joined the global marketplace more than a decade ago and began to make money. When Vietnam began a tentative engagement with the world economy in the mid-1990s, Thanh Ha in embroideryviet was one of the first people to see profit in his local craft, embroidery, and he joined with other villagers in...

Trend – Embroidery

Trend – Embroidery

For the majority, Embroidery is most likely to be firmly affiliated with the ‘mend, make and do’ practice of our elders, along with the not very attractive interior decorative features we were surrounding by in our youth. However, it appears that it is this very sense of awakened nostalgia that has made the trend so widely appealing, as Embroidering in all its old fashioned glory has brought back a welcomed sentiment of authenticity and enrichment. In a world where the closest us mere mortals get to the magic of Haute...

Souvenirs Vietnam

Souvenirs Vietnam

Embroidery Embroidery is one of Vietnam’s most important crafts. It came to Vietnam from China but with time developed its own style and tradition. In the beginning the Vietnamese used embroidery to add quotations from devotional works to pagoda curtains and to embellish ceremonial clothes. By the 17th century the art was concentrated in the Hue area. Motifs and symbols were sewn on to costumes for the emperor and his royal family with themes bases on mythology and scenes from nature. If you want to bring a meaningful and beautiful...

Silk Village in Vietnam

Silk Village in Vietnam

NHA XA SILK VILLAGE – HA NAM PROVINCE Nha Xa Silk Village is located in Moc Nam Commune, Duy Tien District, Ha Nam Province, on the left bank of the Red River, which borders Hung Yen Province. The silk products of Nha Xa Village are also very popular. If silk Van Phuc Ha Noi top, the product of Nha Xa silk village is equally famous with quality and design very well. Nha Xa Silk Village is well known for silk weaving and its silk is ranked second only after Van...

Here are the basic steps to making a French knot:

Here are the basic steps to making a French knot:

By definition, a knotted stitch of any type simply means that the thread is pulled through the embroidered material and then knotted around itself. Here are the basic steps to making a French knot: The French knot is a stitching technique used in a variety of embroidery crafts, such as counted cross stitch. Typically, a single French knot is used to accent or embellish embroidered elements, such as dotting a letter of the alphabet, or to add an eye to an embroidered figure. Sometimes, the French knot is duplicated in a series to...

Japan’ 1,000-Year-Old Hand Embroidery

Japan’ 1,000-Year-Old Hand Embroidery

Embroidery was first seen in Japan in conjunction with Buddhism that came from China. Embroideries of the time were of religious icons or used to decorate religious items. By the Heian Period (794-1185), the tradition had moved into the court, with twelve-layered ceremonial kimono (juni-hitoe) being finalized with Kyo-nui. It was even being applied to warrior armor later in the Kamakura Period (1185-1333). Gauzy clouds float by as two cranes with glossy white feathers do a delighted dance across a rich expanse of silk, each feather rendered in exquisite detail, somehow expressing their...

Traditional and contemporary Sashiko

Traditional and contemporary Sashiko

Traditional and contemporary Sashiko During the 18th and 19th centuries cotton was a luxury afforded only to the nobility. The lower classes had homespun fibers that were more difficult to make into fabric and didn’t last as well. By patching and stitching, the fabric could be strengthened and its life could be extended. During the Edo era there were also laws that restricted lower classes from wearing bright colors which is why the cloths are indigo blue and brown. Boro textiles are now highly sought after collectibles. Sashiko or “little stabs”...

The History of Japanese Embroidery

The History of Japanese Embroidery

The History of Japanese Embroidery Nihon shishu was traditionally reserved for very wealthy, high status individuals. In fact, in the Heian period it was reserved for creating ceremonial religious costumes the ladies of the Imperial Court, and a few others of noble rank. However, before the Meji Era (the late 19th and early 20th century), it was simply called ‘nui’ or ‘sewing’. Eventually, more and more European techniques were absorbed into traditional Japanese embroidery, and it became ever more ornate. In time it became a widely spread art form, and began to...

Palestinian embroidery exhibition tells history of female embroiders

Palestinian embroidery exhibition tells history of female embroiders

Collections of traditional Palestinian dresses and pieces of traditional embroidery have been showcased at the Palestinian museum, in the town of Birzeit, near central West Bank’s Ramallah city, revealing numerous stories of Palestinian women and their handmade embroidery. Labor of Love is the name of the exhibition launched by British artist Rachel Dedman who said she has been exploring and researching Palestinian embroidery for the past four years, until she came out with the exhibition showcasing traditional dresses across Palestine. Traditional embroidery is handmade weaving of thin silk braids that...

Embroidery – The Bayeux tapestry

Embroidery – The Bayeux tapestry

The earliest finds of embroidery in Sweden are from the period around the 9th and 10th centuries, which coincides with the period that we call the Viking Age. It is however two centuries later, around year 1000, that the development of embroidery in Europe really takes off. In this period the Christian church really started to grow and royalty gained power in many countries. To demonstrate their power and wealth, richly decorated garments and ornaments in the form of wall hangings and tablecloths were commissioned. Embroidery in various forms has...

Embroidery Patterns From Around the World

Embroidery Patterns From Around the World

We can learn a lot about a culture through its needlework traditions. This list features free embroidery patterns based on traditional ethnic embroidery designs from around the world, but it’s just a starting point. Once you explore these, you may just find yourself eager to learn about more cultural embroidery from many regions of the globe! 01 Kasuti Embroidery Patterns Stitched Lotus in Kasuti Embroidery. Mollie Johanson Kasuti embroidery, from the Karnatak region in India, follows a gridded pattern by counting threads or working on a marked grid. The designs...

Trend Embroidery

Trend Embroidery

Embroidery, a beautiful skill that occupied women for centuries is making an equally beautiful comeback. Very often used in the top couture collections, this trend is now encouraged by more affordable labels like Chloe, Manish Arora, and Carven. And fashion bloggers and fashionistas all over the world are quickly picking up this ancient trend of displaying and appreciating beauty. For those, who like to limit their fashion purchases to the mainstream trends that are available in the nearest mall, techniques and trends that have been used in higher forms of fashion, like...

Peruvian Andes, Life Stories Are Written in Textiles

Peruvian Andes, Life Stories Are Written in Textiles

Maria, like Mariano, is well known in the region, as one of Pacchanta’s finest weavers. Knowledge of motifs and the skill to weave fine cloth increases not only a woman’s status but also her ability to provide for her family. Trekkers ending their hikes around Ausangate at Pacchanta’s bubbling hot springs like to buy these beautiful textiles. While learning to write in rural schools is a valued accomplishment, weaving is the community’s favored form of expression. Speaking in a strong voice with her eyes fixed on the threads that must...

Korean Embroidery

Korean Embroidery

Korean Embroidery Lee Jung Hee, an artist from the Republic of Korea, is famous for her sophisticated embroidered pieces. Lee started doing this royal art when she was seventeen. She has overcome a physical disability and made a great effort to pursue this traditional art of embroidery, receiving the Presidential Award for “Disabled People in Arts and Culture” in 2013. She has become a key figure in preserving and promoting traditional Korean culture. Lee is visiting Vietnam for the first time to show her 44 embroidered works of art featuring...

Embroidery is a brilliant pearl in Chinese art

Embroidery is a brilliant pearl in Chinese art

  The oldest embroidered product in China on record dates from the Shang Dynasty. Embroidery in this period symbolized social status. It was not until later on, as the national economy developed, that embroidered products entered the lives of the common people. Through progress over Zhou Dynasty, the Han Dynasty witnessed a leap in embroidery in both technique and art style. Court embroidery was set and specialization came into being. The patternscovered a larger range, from sun, moon, stars, mountains, dragons, and phoenix to tiger, flower and grass, clouds and geometric...

Chinese Embroidery

Chinese Embroidery

Chinese Embroidery There are also many fine pieces of embroidery from the Sung dynasty.  We know from historical records that the Sung Emperor Hui Tsung (1101-1126) established an embroidery bureau called the “Wen Hsiu Yuan”.  It also is well known that many of the finest pieces were copied in the Ming and Ching period and it is therefore difficult to definitely attribute many of these pieces. It is difficult to be precise as to when embroidery first was practiced in China but based on archeological excavations of tombs it at...

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