Pearl Embroidery

Hat decorated with pearl embroidery. India, mid-19th century. Hat decorated with pearl embroidery. India, mid-19th century. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London, acc. no. 0348(IS).

Pearl embroidery is a form of decorative needlework that uses applied, natural or cultivated pearls of various sizes. The pearls are normally pierced. It was a popular technique in the European medieval and renaissance periods for the embellishment of elite and religious garments.

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