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Embroidery History and Embroidery Machine
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           People started sewing as long as 30,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. Archaeologists have discovered bone needles with eyes, used to sew together skins and furs, dating back to this time. Embroidery is an age old art form dating back to at least 3000 BC. an possibly much longer. Embroidery and most other fiber and needlework arts are believed to originate in Asia and the Middle East. Embroidery art has a rich history that is a varied as the many cultures it comes from. Some of the earliest references to embroidery are mentioned in recorded history carved in stone wall, art and mosaics from Indian vedas and epic stories and seen in Chinese Buddhist stupas and sculptures, Kushana sculptures, and Ajanta frescos. Today, most of us associate the needle and thread and embroidery to women. But for thousands of years, just the opposite was true. Embrodiery was primarily an occupation handled by men, who often served years as an apprenticeship with a master of embroidery being considered qualified to earn a living as a professional craftsman.

           Centuries ago embroidery was applied to clothing and other fabrics from extremely early times. Quite often ornate embroidery was a sign of wealth and prestige. Chinese, Egyptian , European and Indian cultures all have ancient histories of embroidery. The Egyptians were skilled embroiderers who also used appliqué decoration with leather and beads, and embroidery was also practiced by ancient Mediterranean peoples. Centers of fine embroidery developed in ancient Persia, Babylon, Israel, Phoenicia, and Syria. Few examples of ancient embroidery survive, however, and the history of the craft is difficult to trace until about the 6th century AD. 

          One of the oldest embroidered piece in existence is the world famous Bayeux Tapestry, dating from approximately 1066. Although the piece is called a tapestry, it is actually as embroidered composition reaching an astounding 231 feet long. Recalling the Battle of Hastings, the piece still hangs in the town of Bayeux in the province of Normandy in France. This beautiful embroidered piece is though to have been created by over 100 noble women in the town and is speculated to take several years to complete.

          Suzhou or "Su" embroidery is one of the oldest embroidery techniques in the world, with origins stretching back more than 2,000 years. Suzhou embroidery was one of the first embroidery styles to be developed in China, but its detailed needlework and intricate images are still produced today. It is a style characterized by brightly colored silk embroidered with well-proportioned and uncluttered representations of almost any pastoral scene, person, animal, or object. Examples of Suzhou embroidery were so detailed and intricate that many people used the pieces as artwork, and some of the oldest pieces still in existence date back hundreds of years.

          Many embroidery designs, themes and motifs have endured for centuries. Since the times of pre historic civilization, embroidery patterns have included floral designs, animals motifs, geometric designs, patterns and religious symbols and designs. European, Indian, Chinese cultures are but a few of the cultures that developed their own embroidery styles, each with its own history of development.

          Modern Embroidery Machines

          Modern Embroidery Machines evolved from the sewing machine which was invented in 1790 invented and patented by the British inventor Thomas Saint. But it wasn't until a French tailor, Barthelemy Thimonnier (1793-1857), patented the first practical sewing machine who built a factory around dozens of these machines but an angry mob of tailors burned his factory down. arose out the industrial revolution in the late 1900's. The development of the sewing machine for factory use in the 1850s revolutionized the shoe and garment industries. Production moved from homes and small shops into large, machine-controlled environments dominated by impersonal managements.
Today with the aid of computers modern embroidery machines such as Melco's Amaya XT embroidery machine can turn out hundreds of products with great complexity and speed.


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