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Lace, embroidery and beetle wings.... 1892 - 1894 gown detail.. "The panels were probably made in India where Madras and Calcutta were centres for beetle-wing embroidery made for the European market."

Evening Dress of cream silk brocade decorated with panels of Indian embroidery and beetle wings which has a nineteen-inch waist, is decorated with net panels embroidered with gold thread and beetle wing cases from a species of jewel beetle.

1873 style Victorian bodice, silk with beetle wing embroidery, cotton and linen (antique) lace. Costume maker: Angela Mombers

1873 style Victorian bodice, silk with beetle wing embroidery, cotton and linen (antique) lace.

Skirt (detail) of a Beetle Wing dress 1865-1875. The accompanying underskirt/petticoat is lost. The 5 piece Beetle Wing dress is owned by the "Oudheidkamer Enschede" (Netherlands) and is preserved at the museumdepot of Museum TwentseWelle, Enschede (Netherlands). I work as Volunteer textielconservation at museum TwentseWelle and this dress is one of my favorites.

Skirt (detail) of a Beetle Wing dress The accompanying underskirt/petticoat is lost. The 5 piece Beetle Wing dress is owned by the "Oudheidkamer Enschede" (Netherlands) and is preserved at the museumdepot of Museum TwentseWelle, Enschede (Netherlands).

Work in progress: 1873 bustle dress with beetle wing embroidery, by Angela Mombers

Work in progress: 1873 bustle dress with beetle wing embroidery, by Angela Mombers

Beetle wing and gold embroidery on black tulle. Probably modern, from India, ready to be applied to buyer's garment.

Beetle wing & seed pearl embroidery, with couched gold thread on a black cotton net base.

Beading and Jeweled Beetle Wing Statement Fascinator

This very unique Fascinator is handmade by Izzy In The Sky herself. Made on a teardrop fascinator base which is lined with felt and is held on by a comb. Embellished with sewn on jeweled beetle wings, beads and jewels. Comes in a Izzy In The Sky gift .

antiques price guide, antiques priceguide, textiles & clothing, , Gold and beetle wing-embroidered lace, 19th century. Three pieces uncut, plus cutout shaped dress parts and flounces on white cotton net, all hand embroidered with couched gold cord studded with green iridescent beetle wings; three flounces.

Gold and beetle wing-embroidered lace, century. Three pieces uncut, plus cutout shaped dress parts and flounces on white cotton net, all hand embroidered with couched gold cord studded with green iridescent beetle wings;

Jewel beetle wings had been used to decorate textiles in India for centuries prior to British colonization. Their fingernail-like consistency even made them durable enough for use on lightly worn clothing.

Jewel beetle wings had been used to decorate textiles in India for centuries prior to British colonization. Their fingernail-like consistency even made them durable enough for use on lightly worn clothing.

Fabric decorated with beetle wings, looks like it's for a reticule

The British desire for anything exotic soon had beetle wing pieces being imported from India. This unfinished reticule bag dates to the Regency era. It would have been embroidered in India and possibly sent to Europe for finishing.

Reticule with beetle wing embroidery, ca. 1860. On the right a modern reproduction of this bag, made by Angela Mombers

Reticule with beetle wing embroidery, ca. On the right a modern reproduction of this bag, made by Angela Mombers

The iridescent green sequins that embelish these women’s pumps from the late 1700s are a created from a tiny beetle wing.  The shoes which are made from embroidered linen were made in India and worn in England.

Each iridescent green centre of the floral pattern on these women’s pumps from the late is a tiny beetle wing. The shoes which are made from embroidered linen were made in India and worn in England.

ceintuur/tasje, (1865-1875), textieldepot Museum de TwentseWelle, eigendom van Oudheidkamer Twente

Belt / bag, the Textile Museum depot TwentseWelle, owned by Oudheidkamer Twente. Decorated with beetle wings.

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