Category Archives: Embroidery around the world

Chinese Temple Embroidery 3: Extreme Sculpture

This post is contributed by my mother Laura, who spent the summer in Taiwan. Extreme sculptural 3D effects are common in the tapestries. The dragons especially seem about to leap from the surface and fly free. Those silver spiral horns … Continue reading

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Chinese Temple Embroidery 2: Still in Tainan

This post is contributed by my mother Laura, who spent the summer in Taiwan. Although some few elements are sewn by foot powered sewing machines (no electricity)  the amazing sculptural elements can only be done by hand. The artisans work … Continue reading

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Chinese Temple Embroidery 1: Tainan

This post is contributed by my mother Laura, who spent the summer in Taiwan. Tainan, Taiwan is famous for its many, many temples. With that many temples filled with statues of deities in need of costumes, walls in need of … Continue reading

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Taipei 101

My brother visited Taiwan recently, and took these photos of a gorgeous embroidery hanging on the wall in Taipei 101, which was the world’s tallest skyscraper from 2004 to 2010. He estimates the embroidery was approximately 8 feet by 8 … Continue reading

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Indian embroidery example

This is an example from Dr. Shirazi’s collection. I am not sure where in India this is from. Perhaps some of my readers might know? Somebody tell me about it! This is just spectacular. Below you can see one of … Continue reading

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Chinese Embroidery: The Five Relationships

Today I have a special treat, courtesy of a friend of mine! He bought what he thought was a painting, but when it arrived it was an embroidery. It’s about four feet long and is silk. He sent me some … Continue reading

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Bedouin Wedding Veil

This cross-stitched face veil is for a bride from a Bedouin tribe in Jordan (red is the color of brides!). The shiny coins are for reflecting the evil eye away. You can see Dr. Shirazi modeling it in this article … Continue reading

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Hmong Jacket/Dress

Folks, over winter break I visited Hmong Village again (it’s an indoor marketplace in St Paul, Minnesota, with a lot of shops run by Hmong-Americans). See this lovely, lovely jacket or dress? You can wear it either way. All mine. … Continue reading

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Silver Yemenite Jewish Accessories

So, continuing from the last post about Yemenite Jewish goldwork, these silver accessories are worn over the face. The strap at the top is for the forehead, and the lower piece hangs under the eyes, over the nose and mouth. … Continue reading

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Goldwork Veil

This gorgeous veil is from the Yemeni Jewish community! Yemeni Jewish women wear it for special occasions, like weddings. Lucky them! The wide band at one end goes at the forehead and the rest of the goldwork hangs over the … Continue reading

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