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A Beautiful Embroidered Beaded Bodice

This is a full bodice, beaded and partially constructed, that I recently was given. The variety of pattern here, makes it easy to miss the astonishing amount of detail contained within the piece.


I'll begin at the top of the piece, starting with the border.

Look at the detail--I love the silver stippling stitch, done with tambour embroidery, that fills in behind the main motif done from seed beads. This stippling is so fine and small that it just shimmers.

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Comments (12)

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: Yumjo, the organza is single-layer all around. On the neckline, there's another layer of organza to stay the neckline to keep the line true, but the body is really only one layer. Silk is an amazingly strong fiber, if stored properly, but of course this garment wouldn't be worn to dig a ditch...
Posted: 8:52 am on May 7th

Yumjo Yumjo writes: Kenneth,
I'm sorry that I'm joining this dicussion late, neverthless, the piece is breathtaking and the work astonishing. At first glance I guessed it to be Arabic in origin because of the mosaic-type design, the detailed beadwork and the typical middle-eastern color scheme. But I can also see the Eastern-Indian influence. I immediately recognized the fine tambour embroidery work before reading your commentary and, of course, I was thrilled and fascinated.

I've got a question: It appears that some of the heavily beaded areas might have additional silk organza on the back to help stablilize. Is that the case or not?

Thank you for sharing this exceptional piece. I've loved drooling over all the others you've share as well.

Ymana Johnson
Posted: 11:26 am on May 4th

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: The base fabric for this piece is indeed silk organza. It's stronger than one thinks, and I see it quite a bit when looking at this kind of work...
Posted: 3:12 pm on April 29th

whoneedlesthis whoneedlesthis writes: Kenneth, yet again, you have provided a spectacular piece of work for we mortals to drool over.
If it did come from India, the likelihood is that it was actually worked by a man, as they considered that a womans hands were too clumsy to be entrusted with such delicate work!
Yeah, right! Good job times have moved forward is all I can say.
Now, if I could just get the man in my life to build me a tambour frame, I could get practising with my hook!
Keep on bringing us such lovely pieces, please?
Posted: 3:26 pm on April 28th

Josefly Josefly writes: This does look like the under-bodice of a sari. Beautiful. Is the base fabric silk organza? Hard to tell, but the fabric looks so fragile it's hard to imagine how it holds all the heavy embroidery and beads. Thanks so much for the close-up look.
Posted: 7:39 am on April 28th

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: Thanks for the comments!

This piece, like the one in the last post, came from the same source. I'm told this was made in India, and the work here is really exceptional. The variety and beauty of the stitches really astonishes.

Im not planning on making a finished garment from this, as I want to preserve it for posterity. The work is so wonderful, it should survive intact.
Posted: 7:46 am on April 26th

Oraya Oraya writes: What a magnificent piece of work and what patience and skill the maker had. Do you know what its origin's are?...Could it be Eastern European? Thank you for your dedication to bringing beautiful objects to our attention and thank goodness for people like you who remind us that there is a beautiful alternative to the $5 and $10 'disposable clothing' world we live in.
Posted: 2:00 am on April 26th

fergus4 fergus4 writes: A very beautiful example. Thank you Kenneth for showing this. I have learned a lot from this example. Your comments and teaching are always so appreciated. Liz
Posted: 11:18 pm on April 25th

Corsetiere Corsetiere writes: Kenneth, you're right. This is really sophisticated work. Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 10:14 pm on April 25th

just jane just jane writes: Another exquisite garment with clear photos and text.
Your articles stimulate imagination and creative thinking, I
always look forward to them.
Thank You.
Posted: 4:25 am on April 24th

uflorme uflorme writes: "Tissue-Weight Wovens" by Mary Ray. Make light work of sewing these airy textiles. Frail material is difficult to work with. I loved to know more. I want to learn more.
Posted: 6:15 pm on April 23rd

lemmonsc lemmonsc writes: Mr. King, I'm wondering if, with your abilities, if you are planning to complete a garment from this exquisite piece, or leave it as is?
Posted: 4:21 pm on April 20th

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