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Kimberly A. Irwin

Source: Surface Design for Fabric, 2015, Fairchild Books Library

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Early needles and threads were used to sew together animal hides to make simple clothing and shelter, but eventually sewing evolved into a decorative craft. Embroidery developed throughout Siberia and the Middle East as early as the Bronze Age (4500–100 BC) and in China during the Zhou Dynasty (1100–256 BC).ClarkeSimon. Textile Design. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2011. It spread into Europe by the 12th century where it was found on religious banners and streamers bearing coats of arms. Embr

Lesage, François

Lydia Kamitsis

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

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At the time of his father’s death, the embroidery house that Lesage inherited was among the most important and prestigious specialty companies of its type in the world. In 1924 his father, Albert, had taken over the business of the embroiderer Michonet. Michonet’s venerable firm, which was founded in 1858, had supplied the great names of couture of the belle epoque (Charles Frederick Worth, John Redfern, Jacques Doucet, Callot Soeurs) with beautiful embroidery to decorate their creations. The fir

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