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Beetle wing embroidery - I WILL do this one day

Beetle wing embroidery - I WILL do this one day

Examples of beetle wings used in Victorian Fashion

Examples of beetle wings used in Victorian Fashion

Beetle-wing embroidered dress, 1863-67 ”Indian embroiderers have used the shimmering iridescent wings of tropical beetles, or elytra, widely in court dress since the Mughal dynasty (1526-1857). This work was much admired by British women living in India during the British colonization. In 1826, Fanny Parks was among the admirers of such work and noted that ’they embroider gowns for European ladies with these wings edged with gold; the effect is beautiful.’” (An Eye for Design label copy…

Beetle-wing embroidered dress, 1863-67 ”Indian embroiderers have used the shimmering iridescent wings of tropical beetles, or elytra, widely in court dress since the Mughal dynasty (1526-1857). This work was much admired by British women living in India during the British colonization. In 1826, Fanny Parks was among the admirers of such work and noted that ’they embroider gowns for European ladies with these wings edged with gold; the effect is beautiful.’” (An Eye for Design label copy…

1860's Beetle Wing Embellishment.

1860's Beetle Wing Embellishment.

1873 style Victorian bodice, silk with beetle wing embroidery, cotton and linen (antique) lace. Costume maker: Angela Mombers

1873 style Victorian bodice, silk with beetle wing embroidery, cotton and linen (antique) lace. Costume maker: Angela Mombers

Scarf with iridescent beetle wing-case embroidery © Hampshire County Museums Service

Scarf with iridescent beetle wing-case embroidery © Hampshire County Museums Service

Beetle wing Thread Embroidery: Indian, mid-19th c.

Beetle wing Thread Embroidery: Indian, mid-19th c.

Gold and beetle wing embroidery sample from Madras, from 'The Collection of the Textile Manufacturers of India', by John Forbes Watson, published in 1866 (mixed media)

Gold and beetle wing embroidery sample from Madras, from 'The Collection of the Textile Manufacturers of India', by John Forbes Watson, published in 1866 (mixed media)

Evening Dress, detail, 1850, India? Source: The Kyoto Costume Institute

Evening Dress, detail, 1850, India? Source: The Kyoto Costume Institute

Diary of a Costumer bug wing trim

Diary of a Costumer bug wing trim