embroidery exhibits


There were some big tapestries in this museum. This one was a small one compared to them. It was easier to take a picture too. I liked the details on their clothing.

embroidered panel

embroidered panel

There was also a needle lace sampler. I am yet to learn this work [sigh!]. the whole sampler-

needle lace sampler1

needle lace sampler1

The top part-

needle lace sampler2

needle lace sampler2

It was hard to take a picture without getting the light and our image-

needle lace sampler3

needle lace sampler3

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This was an exhibit that was part of the textiles at Burrell collection, Glasgow, Scotland. We were on a short visit.
There were these mirrors with embroidered frames. I think the embroidery was done on satin silk and never have I seen or read anything like that before. I was quite enchanted with it.
The top portion of the mirror-

Burrell collection-emb on mirror1

Burrell collection-emb on mirror1

Castle, plants, animals, trees and people were all embroidered on to this.

Burrell collection-emb on mirror2

Burrell collection-emb on mirror2

The bottom part of the mirror, which also had animals, garden and plants.

Burrell collection-emb on mirror3

Burrell collection-emb on mirror3

Another view of the same mirror.
This definitely inspired me, now all I need is the motivation!

We went for a short trip to Edinburgh [Scotland] for Ramadhan festival holidays. On a day trip to Glasgow we saw the Burell collection-the exhibits were the personal collection of William Burell.
I found some very interesting embroidery pieces there. The one here is part of the bedspread

emb on bedspread1

emb on bedspread1

Embroidery in silk thread and applique work is combined to create this beautiful velvet spread.

emb on bedspread2

emb on bedspread2

This is a wall hanging done in Suzani embroidery.

suzani emb1

suzani emb1

Chain stitches are worked on cream silk fabric.

suzani emb2

suzani emb2

I first learnt of this type of work during the Muscat festival- where artisans from various countries had participated. There were several wall hangings worked with Suzani embroidery. Couldn’t take pictures because I forgot to take the camera. Then browsed on the net and learnt some aspects of this embroidery. The work is very similar to Kashmiri embroidery. But the Kashmiri embroidery uses wide range of colours on woolen, spun and silk. Suzani embroidery is done on white, cream and beige silk fabrics in silk threads.