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Beetle wing tea cosy

Beetle wing tea cosy, 1885-90 The extraordinary, iridescent 'sequins' on this Victorian teacosy are actually the wing cases of beetles, carefully hand sewn in place and then trimmed with gilt metal thread embroidery. The beetle-wings for this tea-cosy have clearly been cut to shape where necessary, to give a more symmetrical leaf form. They were then pierced with a needle and sewn to the silk satin with cotton thread, to secure them at each end. Beetle-wings have been used for centuries by Indian civilisations, cut into tiny spangle shapes to adorn a range of objects from garments and turban cloths, to canopies and book covers, their reflective properties admired as a means to ward off evil spirits. DPABMA77

Beetle wing tea cosy, 1885-90 The extraordinary, iridescent ‘sequins’ on this Victorian teacosy are actually the wing cases of beetles, carefully hand sewn in place and then trimmed with gilt metal thread embroidery. The beetle-wings for this tea-cosy have clearly been cut to shape where necessary, to give a more symmetrical leaf form. They were then pierced with a needle and sewn to the silk satin with cotton thread, to secure them at each end. Beetle-wings have been used for centuries by Indian civilisations, cut into tiny spangle shapes to adorn a range of objects from garments and turban cloths, to canopies and book covers, their reflective properties admired as a means to ward off evil spirits. DPABMA77

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  • Image date: May 29, 2015 @ 09:25
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