Category Archives: History of Manufacture

Khayamia

Khayamia

Khayamia is a rich and decorative appliqué textile. The intricate textile was historically used to adorn the interiors of Beautiful Egyptian tents called Suradeq. It is believed that the Khayamia trade dates back to 1250 – 1317 AD during the Mamluk rule of the region. In a street south of Bab Zuweila in Cairo, tent makers… Continue Reading

Slovak folk blue cloth by Sarah Corbett.

Slovak folk blue cloth by Sarah Corbett.

Blue (indigo) printing was a flourishing art form in Slovakia 50 years ago; 5 years ago the last remaining traditional artisan (Stanislav Tmka) in this ancient technique passed away aged 75. During the 1950’s there were many artisan dyers working with indigo blue pigments and using hand printing processes to create cloth for elements of… Continue Reading

Enamelling as a guide to date

Enamelling as a guide to date

Enamelling is the technique of using molten glass to fill areas on metal jewellery between wires to create decorative coloured jewels. Add to the beautiful colours the belief that these beads were made by the gods and therefore would protect, the need to continue to use and wear damaged pieces of larger beads adds to the… Continue Reading

Rene Lalique. By Sarah Corbett

Rene Lalique. By Sarah Corbett

Art Nouveau was a movement in the visual arts which was popular from the early 1890’s up to the first world war. It is viewed by some as the first self conscious attempt to create a modern style. A leading name in the field of Art Nouveau design was glass designer Rene Lalique. Born in… Continue Reading

Beads from Briare.

Beads from Briare.

  Jean Felix Batterposses was an entrepeueur, an inventor, a landowner a patriach and a businessman.   His impact on the development of the French town of Briare was huge. His factory produced beads and buttons in Briare from 1851 he had factories in other locations previously where he manufactured these wares. The Beads which… Continue Reading

Chevron Beads. By Sarah Corbett

Chevron Beads. By Sarah Corbett

The first Chevron beads were made in Murano in Italy at the end of the 14th century. The beads, which are made from drawn glass cane constructed using specialist star shaped moulds are one of the most collectable and valuable beads available to us today. Chevron beads are constructed with consecutive layers of various coloured… Continue Reading

Silver Beads of Morocco. By Sarah Corbett

Silver Beads of Morocco. By Sarah Corbett

An Article by Sarah Corbett Many of the exquisite ensembles of North African jewellery include handmade silver beads. The Jewish silversmiths of Southern Morocco were famed for their exceptional workmanship. The Jewish Berber population lived in Morocco from around the 1st century AD when the Jewish peoples expanded from ancient territories in Modern day Libya… Continue Reading