The following excerpt is taken
from J. Laval’s book entitled Antique French Textiles for
“In the history of textiles, embroidery was a very prestigious art. In the Middle Ages, real gold and silver thread [began to be] embroidered onto altar hangings…and other religious articles. The wealthy nobles and bourgeoisie also decorated their homes with lavish embroidered textiles.
"What was so beautiful in the past is still considered to be so now. Especially appreciated in this world of advanced technology is the painstaking skill and time required to create a work with [little or] no practical function involved in the piece it adorns. Its reason for being is its beauty and our visual pleasure. With our imagination we can recreate a lost world of elegance and opulence when there was the time and skill to create this meticulous form of art.”
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