Straw Embroidery

Ball gown with straw embroidery, c. 1865. Ball gown with straw embroidery, c. 1865.

Straw embroidery is a form of decorative needlework from the second half of the nineteenth century, which involved the sewing down of pre-cut straw forms onto garments. The shapes include butterflies, corn, flowers and leaves, and they were stamped out of straw. These were used to trim ball dresses and to decorate complete dresses, especially those made of black or yellow net.


Digital source of illustration (retrieved 9th July 2016).


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