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The Assiut Heritage: Tulle-bi-Telli Embroidery

March 1, 2022

A canvas like no other, the tulle-bi-telli is a traditional metal thread embroidery that weaves grace and elegance together. Born in the Upper Egyptian city Assiut, the beautiful textile marries cotton or linen mesh with small strips of metal. The textile is rendered using a variety of stitches, resulting in highly textured designs with beautiful patterns. The History The Egyptian netting fabric is named after its city of origin in the 19th century, ‘Assuit,’ and is often known as ‘tally,’ or ‘tulle bi telli,’ throughout Egypt. The concept of metal embroidery dates back to ancient Egypt, where threads embroidered with beaten metal, particularly strands of gold, were found in the tombs of ancient rulers, particularly in King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the 14th century BCE. The art of embroidery has been known as a craft that has historically spread in Egypt; it was made by craftsmen who used to embroider linen, silk and cashmere fabrics with gold and silver threads as to give the final product an additional luster. The art of embroidery has been linked to religious beliefs, as well as Egyptian customs and traditions. Religious vestments worn by priests…

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