History of Embroidery March 16, 2017

Embroidery is an art that consists of decorating textiles using thread. Anciently it was practiced as a handicraft, but today there are embroidery machines, wholesale embroidery companies, and it is more common every day.

Embroidery, as we mentioned, is an ancient art. The Romans called it plumarium opus, which means bird feathers. For them, embroidery looked similar to beard feathers.

The threads that are used in embroidery are the same that are used to sew. However, there are also a few special threads like silk, linen and more. There are hundreds to thousands of colors, and many different ways that they are adopted to the work.

In early times, embroidery was used, but there are not many examples. Today, embroidery is still used.

In South America, it is used to decorate clothing and bags. In Paraguay, for example, embroidery is called Ao Po’I, which is a method developed by the women when the dictator at the time blocked all imports and exports.

They developed the methods of weaving the cloth from the cotton naturally found in the country, and then began to embroider.

Each design has its own name in the Guaraní language, the second official language of Paraguay. Some designs are called ‘frog’s eggs’, others, ‘armadillo shell’, and some ‘daisy flower’.

Local artisans embroider ties, shirts, skirts, shawls, bags, dresses, flags, and more – by hand. The art has been in their family for generations and is passed down from parents to children. They hope to keep the traditional alive and well, though the appreciation for the native arts of Paraguay is low within the country.

Some have chosen to try and market the products in other countries, with some success. The fact that the clothing is hand embroidered and not by machines gives it added value.

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