WOW! An example and detail of beetlewing embroidery made in the 1880s in the Hobart School for Mussulman Girls in Madras, India. The design is stitched in gold thread on black muslin net. The wing cases are from Jewel Beetles which shed them naturally throughout their lives. Clothing and accessories containing beetlewing embroidery became extremely fashionable during the Victorian period.
Belle Epoch Gown: “onepiece cream silk chiffon w/ pale printed flocked rose blossom clusters in soft colors, CF net panel covered w/ irridescent sequins metallic copper coils in floral motifs, embroidered net lace insets on bodice at hem, chiffon lining, fair. BROOKLYN MUSEUM” AA