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The embroiderer

The position of embroiderer was once very important in Breton culture. Traditionally, the job of embroidering costumes was a man’s occupation. Each region had its own distinct register of patterns and colours. Embroidery came to the fore in the late 19th century as international trade expanded, making certain decorative materials like silk thread, velvet and pearls from Asia more easily accessible. Certain patterns like the peacock feather or ram’s horn are typical of Brittany. Less common in day-to-day wear, embroidery today remains a respected traditional art.

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Bigouden Vest
France, Brittany, Finistère
Study, gouache, on white Bristol
Credit: Frédéric Back
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