Tiny, Petit Point Roses. 40 Mesh. Needlepoint. 2” X 2” For Sale
Heritage Trading Company
This is a little
medallion of petit point roses, with the tiniest stitches imaginable.
The size of the
approximately 2 inches (5
centimeters) by 2
The mesh size is
40 stitches per linear inch.
The embroidery is
completed on the design. The background has been left unembroidered, so
you may either complete it with your own color or leave it as it is.
quality. Please see our response.
Kerala & Petit Point Embroidery
This piece was created in a women's cooperative of lace makers and embroiderers
in Kerala, India.
Indian region of Kerala has a long history of trade and cultural exchange with
Europe and the Middle East. Early sailors, crossing the Indian Ocean
found that the monsoon winds directed them to these southwestern shores of the
Indian subcontinent. Tradition holds that St. Thomas the Apostle arrived in one
of these ships in AD 52, bringing Christianity to the region. Arab and Jewish
traders also came; and today, India’s oldest synagogue is in the Kerala city of Kochi. Vasco da Gama’s famed
trip around Africa brought him to Kerala in 1498, and he died in there in 1524.
The Portuguese controlled European trade with the region until the mid-17th
century, when they were replaced by the Dutch, who were in turn supplanted by
early receptivity to Christianity made it a destination for missionary nuns from
Europe. They brought with them the arts of European style embroidery and lace
making, and they taught these skills to Indian women. Their products were then
exported back to Europe.
embroidery has a rich history, being a favorite pastime for European
noblewomen. Worked on a mesh background, larger needlepoint (7 to 16 stitches
per linear inch) is known as gros point, while finer work (over 16 stitches per
linear inch) is called petit point. Historically (from the 16th to 18th
century) most needlepoint was petit point, ranging from 20 to 45 stitches per
women in Kerala still produce this incredibly tiny petit point. The medallions
we are offering are an astonishing 40 stitches per linear inch.
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fabrics and trims at affordable prices. You'll find textiles for your
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Tiny, Petit Point Roses. 40 Mesh. Needlepoint. 2” X 2”: $30