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The Bandera Embroidery

This Embroidery was born in Piedmont at the end of XVII century when Maria Giovanna Battista Duchess of Savoia Nemours came from France to get marry with Carlo Emanuele II, Duke of Savoia...

This Embroidery was born in Piedmont at the end of XVII century when Maria Giovanna Battista Duchess of Savoia Nemours came from France to get marry with Carlo Emanuele II, Duke of Savoia.

Beacause this wedding, nobles familie covered all the furnitures of their castles with cotton fabric since their precious silk fabrics were damaged and, ‘cause the expensive subsiding wars, they didn’t have money enought to renew them.

In order to enrich this plane cotton fabric, aristocratics ladies embroided it with patterns inspired by the italian baroque architecture.

This is the reason why even nowadays in every piedmontese castle it’s possible to find Bandera embroderies copied from stucco ceilings, from engraved fornitures, from papiers-peints.

They traditionally used woollen thread with a tecnique called needle-paintings.

Flowers mainly represented were peonies, copied from XVIII century chinese papiers-peints.

This embroidery has been used in Piedmont untill the beginning of the XX when it completely disappeared.

Consolata Beraudo di Pralormo in 1993 had to restore an ancient canopy bed in the Pralormo Castle (near Turin); nobody was able to do it. She decided to save this ancient tradition and went to France to get the old woollen threads from factories.

In the historical archives of the castle, Consolata Pralormo found ancient patterns and drawings, so she decided to open school in order to hand down to posterity this beautiful embroidery.

Pupils of this school are now 600 ladies learning embroidery to decorate their home, and the aim of saving this ancient piedmontese tradition archivied.

The Bandera is an interior decoration embroidery for bedheads, bedspreads, cushoions, stools, armchairs, sofas and curtains.

At Pralormo Castle, at the first floor of the Orangerie there is an handcraft workroom where some women of the village make bandera embroidery for private clients, antiquity shops, interior designers. It’s also possible to buy kits containing all you need to embroid cushion.

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