Pinhole Embroidery, Slovak

Slovakia Pinhole Embroidery
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Embroidery example of a Folk Apron, worn over the complete dress, made around Trnava, Slovakia in the beginning of the 20th century (Bratislava.)

Tapping embroidery is a process of cutting and then stitching holes from pre-drawn patterns. Holes of various shapes are left blank according to the principles of decorative arts in Eastern Europe, which is known in Europe as English embroidery. In the folk environment it is inevitable, especially in Western Slovakia, to use a base cloth made of fine, thick linen, and used with colored embroidery. This process has long been used as ceremonial and ritual clothing – women’s folk clothing, men’s shirts, women’s caps and scarves, tacle (Volánové wide cuffs) and krézle (volánovitý wide collar).

Author: Olga Danglová, Photo O. Danglová via

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