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The art of embroidery is brought to life by Egyptian women, their daughters inherit this traditional skill naturally by observing and imitating the older generation. The embroiderers of Sinai, Sohag and Cairo collaborate with Markaz to make beautiful contemporary accessories by merging their traditional embroidery with unique, edgy accents and materials. Handpicked textiles from Egypt are the base to be embellished with stunning embroidery, every piece wows with a strong element of Egyptian culture and heritage. The women’s appreciation for embroidery is passed down from mother to child and has been honed to suit contemporary desires with Markaz.
Embroidery is a very intricate skill that requires both attention to detail and knowledge of traditional patterns and designs. It relies on needlework used to embellish any kind of fabric through the use of stitching. This traditional skill aims to decorate fabric, and sometimes other materials as well, with ornamental stitching using thread or yarn. In addition to the stitching, embroidery often incorporates other materials such as beads and sequins to further decorate the fabric.
Although no one really knows where the skill of embroidery originated, early illustrations of embroidery can be seen in a number of areas including Ancient Egypt, Northern Europe and China’s Zhou Dynasty. It is interesting to note that this traditional skill remains largely unchanged from its early days. In fact, the basic stitching techniques and materials of the past bear a strong similarity to the ones used by craftspeople today.
There are many kinds of embroidery which differ both in terms of the technique used as well as the medium on which the embroidery is done. Traditional embroidery can be done on fabrics such as wool, linen and silk and employ an array of traditional designs emanating from the culture from which it originates.