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Applied Decoration

Bodice from India, late 19th century, with applied gold wire. Bodice from India, late 19th century, with applied gold wire. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London, acc. no. 6048(IS).

Applied decoration (also called applied work) may include, for decorative needlework, the sewing down of items onto cloth, leather or a similar ground material. These items are normally sewn down in a deliberate and decorative manner and are often combined with decorative stitching. Applied items may include beads, bracteates, cloth, coins, chains, mirrors, seeds, shells, wire, etc.

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