Personalized hand embroidery: an ancient art that is always in fashion

"In the latest period, among the trends that are all the rage in the fashion industry, a special mention goes to calligraphy.

We are talking about the trend of customizing one's garments, from clothes to shoes, to make one's look unique. Homologation is not liked, every woman wants to feel unique and special and wear exclusive garments that allow her to stand out from all the others in an elegant way. A few embroidered letters on your most precious garments are synonymous with luxury, and if you think that this is a bit old-fashioned, you are very wrong: the ones who appreciate this return to costuming and exclusivity the most are the young people.

Embroidery is one of the oldest arts, originating in the time of the Egyptians, and was the simplest way to embellish and personalize clothing worn by prominent political or religious figures, thus increasing their dignity and prestige.

In Italy this art originated in Sicily around the year 1000, during the rule of the Saracens, who introduced weaving and embroidery workshops there.

The word embroidery, in fact, comes from the Arabic lemma raqm (racam) meaning "sign, design." Over the years, countless things are embroidered, from tapestries to tablecloths, from dowry trousseaus to ladies' handkerchiefs, to dresses, shirts and accessories.

Amidst the courts of kings and emperors, in abbeys and convents, reaching the great fashion houses, embroidery has made clothes into true works of art thanks in part to the use of extremely difficult and sought-after techniques, such as gold embroidery or Luneville crochet, and the precious raw materials used including silk threads and applications of crystal and precious stones.

After having been relegated for a long time to a "grandmothers'" hobby or a privilege for the few, as it is extremely expensive because of the long lead times required by this art, hand embroidery is making a powerful comeback on the daily scene and is being sought and requested more and more often. One sees in this art the possibility of making a garment or accessory unique and valuable by making it different from anyone else's.

One must be careful, however, to distinguish between hand embroidery and machine embroidery: the latter can be done industrially and there are no differences or flaws in what is produced, while hand embroidery requires great manual skill and allows one to have all work different from each other, even if the se object being reproduced is the same. It requires time and dedication but the end result is something incredible and absolutely personal. Embroidered initials, born out of the need to distinguish to whom clothing belonged in large families, have now become a detail that embellishes the garment.

From men's shirts, they arrive on the linings of jackets, coats and furs, on handbags, on beauty kits and, why not, even on pajamas, to make the garment that accompanies us in moments of relaxation after long and hectic days of work and errands even more precious.

And it is precisely the feeling of having a precious and exclusive garment that Onirica wants its customers to experience, giving them the knowledge that what they are wearing was made by hand, with care and dedication, trying to fulfill their wishes.

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