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Lisgoehas quoted2 years ago
However there is more to it than this, because embroidery can function in multiple ways at the same time. It can be used to decorate things and create artistic effects and images while also reinforcing and hemming fabrics, darning or joining them.
Lisgoehas quoted2 years ago
People also appear to have used embroidery to symbolic effect. The use of metal threads in ecclesiastical embroideries is a prime example. The effect of the image adorning the garment was enhanced by the way in which the metal threads were manipulated and patterned by the silk couching threads to create areas of light and dark, shine and dullness.
Lisgoehas quoted2 years ago
As the textiles moved with the wearer they would dazzle the viewer, creating an ethereal image that had the intention of bringing to mind the spiritual.
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