What kind of embroidery is this?
June 9, 2018 6:51 PM   Subscribe

I bought this shirt second hand and google is failing me. Is there a name for this type of embroidery or design?
posted by likethenight to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Soutache embroidery (more generally, see also "passementerie")
posted by Iris Gambol at 7:39 PM on June 9, 2018

So, I’m no expert, but I have always admired Hungarian embroidery. Check out some motifs from Kalotaszeg (also search for “Kolosz”) many of which have that distinctive black chain stitch. Also search for Mezosegi embroidery. A few years ago, Ukrainian and Suzani “ethnic” motifs were all the rage in fashion. So that might give you another clue. I hope this helps a little. Let us know if you find out for certain!
posted by shalom at 1:34 AM on June 10, 2018 [1 favorite]

Nudie Cohn, who invented the crazy country/western embroidery and rhinestone look was born in the Ukraine. His outfits are called Nudie suits.
posted by bonobothegreat at 7:02 AM on June 10, 2018

Oh my gosh, thanks everyone. I'm third-generation Eastern European and it's so nice to see all this beautiful stuff from my heritage.
posted by likethenight at 3:11 PM on June 10, 2018

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