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.
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).
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 .
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.
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.