Embroidery: tradition and technology made in Italy


Decorate and embellish with embroidery

Embroidery is a type of decoration used to decorate and embellish fabrics of all kinds: silk, linen, wool, cotton, etc. Generally it is a design, a decoration or an ornament created with needle and thread onto fabric.

Embroidery includes a wide variety of different stitches. Moreover, we can distinguish the embroidery in colour from the embroidery with white thread.

  • The embroidery in white, made with white thread on white canvas is generally limited to the ornate.
  • The embroidery in colour has ancient origins and, together with the painting, was part of one of the most noble creative artistic techniques. Colour embroidery represents not only ornamental motifs, but entire scenes, animated by human figures or animals, or natural or architectural backgrounds.

History of embroidery over the centuries

Embroidery is an ancient art, which appeared at beginning most likely in the East, then came to the West. The history of embroidery can be traced mostly citing historical and iconographic sources and, only minimally, studying authentic relics. From the beginning of the millennial Chinese civilization, there are news of symbols embroidered on clothing, tents, blankets, etc..

In ancient Egypt, Greece, in Babylon, Rome, already various garments are embroidered: lingerie, veils, clothing, robes.



Why is Italy to be considered fundamental in the art of embroidery?

In Italy, precisely Sicily, the art begins to be practiced around the year one thousand, during the dominion of the Saracens, who will introduce weaving and embroidery laboratories, named “Thiraz” and Rakam “: the word embroidery comes from the Arabic lemma “raqm” (pronounced Rakam) meaning “sign, design”.

In Italy, since ‘300, are documented laboratories all over the country and especially in Florence: the art is in fact known as Opus Florentinum

In the period from ‘400 to ‘500 manifests clearly the tendency for intermixing of the painting and the embroidery that brings great exponents of the art, such as Botticelli, to draw the cartoons for embroiderers that used them for coating front of altars, or liturgical vestments.

The art of embroidery, as profession, was a male prerogative performed by masters, but we know that it was practiced also by women in the monasteries or as a “hobby” by members of noble families of the time.


Modern embroidery

In the nineteenth century it consolidates a large spread of embroidered linen, usually in white embroidery.

The learning of this noble art was held in high regard by the noble families of the time, considering it as a very important element in the education of female progeny.

During the twentieth century the research and the study of ancient traditional embroidery techniques has been developed and adapted to modern tastes. Nowadays, we see the use, according to the needs of the context, of both traditional and current techniques, related to the use of computerized machines that allow even the laser embroidery.

Hoplites S.r.l. knows the importance of respect for tradition, but it moves with ease also through the latest and sophisticated technology: this is an undeniable advantage for customers who decide to avail of our collaboration in managing their productions and creating new collections.

How are the COSTS calculated?

as per our client-friendly policy we always provide a free estimate, both for the realization of the samples and for the subsequent serial production; if you provide us also with information about the budget available or the production price in which you want to fall within, I will be glad to give suggestions about the most suitable material to use and the quantities to be produced to meet your market needs.

Environmental sustainability

Nowadays it is fundamental for any production follow strict environmental sustainability criteria and Hoplites S.r.l. is always extremely careful supervising that everything takes place in compliance with eco-sustainability.

How to contact Hoplites S.r.l. to ask for a collaboration?

Write us at info@hoplites.it illustrating your serial production or sampling project, and our production manager she will be glad to answer you.