The Origin of Hardanger is to be found in the drawn-thread technique which appeared in Persia around the 7th century. It was brought to Europe through the sea ports. In Italy, noble women spread its reputation under the name of "Reticella" (small net) by making embroideries for religious purposes.
From 1300 onwards, the influence of merchant cities such as Venice made this technique known all the way up to Northern Europe.
In the 17th century, the inhabitants of the Hardanger fjord region cultivated linen, which, once spun and woven, produced a fabric known as "Etamine". Norwegian women used this material to make their costumes and household linen, embroidering orininal designs tone-on-tone in white or pastels. Since then we know this technique by the name of Hardanger or Norwegian embroidery. Discover another way to embroider with DMC. DMC Cotton Perlé will give brilliance and volume to your creations.
The principles of Hardanger Embroidery
from this page taken from: DMC Hardanger Ref. 9047-22
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