The use of appliqué can be traced back for at least 3300 years, and is probably much older. Some of the oldest examples of appliqué come from the tomb of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun, who died in c. 1323 BC.
See also: Street of the Tentmakers, Cairo
Source: COATSWORTH, Elizabeth and Gale R. OWEN-CROCKER (2012). 'Appliqué', in: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth and Maria Hayward (eds., 2012). Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles of the British Isles, c. 450-1450, Brill: Leiden, pp. 37-38.