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We supply a range of fabric products for the home, that we decorate using one or other of two forms of embroidery. One is these embroidery forms if the conventional and very popular cross-stitch, and the other is the lesser-known and very traditional Hardanger version.
Hardanger is the name of an area in Norway that in the period between 1650-1850, was famous for its Hardangersom (work from Hardanger). It was used to decorate the traditional Norwegian costumes as well as other clothing, bedding and table linen, and even mats. But Hardanger embroidery is a much more ancient craft.
It is not certain where this type of embroidery began, but it seems it was probably in ancient Persia and Asia. During the Renaissance it spread to Italy where it became known as Italian Reticella and Venetian lacework. By 1700 it spread to northern Europe and became the Danish and Dutch Hedebo, Scottish Ayrshire work and Ruskin lacework as well as Norwegian Drawn Work, as it was then called. So it has a long history.
Traditional Hardanger embroidery uses white or cream threads on the same coloured fabric. But more modern forms do use colours. There is a variety of stitch patterns that are all are based on parallel stitches, something like the buttonhole-stitch.
Cross-stitch is a more popular and colourful form of embroidery that uses X-shaped stitches and mixed colours that are used to form a picture or pattern.
Our embroidery follows traditional methods but is proudly influenced by the images of our African culture and lifestyle.
Last Updated 25 August 2016 13:35