Craft Embroidery

Around 1400 the art of embroidery created to adorn ecclesiastical robes began to be used in lay clothing too.
In 1700 Grand Duke Leopold strongly promoted weaving and embroidery via the teaching of arts and crafts.

This skill took root in families where every marriageable girl spent her days making her trousseau decorated with embroidery stitches which can still be learnt at the Casalguidi school (ancient or Tuscan stitch, needle stitch, leather stitch, majolica stitch, Pistoia stitch and Casale stitch).

Embroidery was transformed into a veritable manufacturing activity too, both hand crafted and industrial, with products exported to the richest countries in the world for the most demanding clients.

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In the picture, Liz Taylor, in love with artisanal embroidery productions, she chose linen made in Pistoia for her trousseau.

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