There are two fields of thought, as I blog this pictorial post today.
The first is to consider the fine needlework that was employed to both design and produce the incredibly ornate embroidery which was hand-sewn onto the upper society's clothing, mainly during the Renaissance period. Not only were fine threads used, but jewels were frequently sewn onto the garments. I would assume those wearing these elaborate garments would include nobility, clergy, successful merchants, and the educated such as bankers, as they bore out from the dark, Medieval era. Skilled peasants were mostly employed for these intricate tasks.
The second school of thought is to contemplate that the pictures below are snippets (or details) of paintings. To consider that there were no cameras or cellphones used to capture images during this time in history. I am astounded at the precision of detail that was utilized for these paintings and it is my dearest hope that you will appreciate it, too.
Hand-sewing was a necessity that lasted thousands of years. It is believed that during pre-historic times, man used some form of sewing to attach fur, bark or hides together for the use of wearing clothing. Needles were fashioned from items like wood, antlers and bones. Single strand thread was made from sinew, catgut, veins and plant fiber. As time marched on, plant or animal fibers were used in multiple layers to strengthen and lengthen the durability of stitching.
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