Forbidden Stitch - (Textile Embroidery Chinese)

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Forbidden Stitch - (Textile, Embroidery, Chinese) "Forbidden Stitch" in Chinese embroideries. This moniker normally refers to the "Seed" or "Knotted" stitches used along with satin stitches and couching on highly decorative, finely worked silk costume items. One romantic view suggests that this label appeared when such work was forbidden among young girls because its fineness contributed to eyestrain. A close look at Chinese embroidery, however, discloses a variety of other stitches that are sometimes worked with similar intricacy.

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