Appliqué is decorative needlework in which pieces of fabric in different shapes and patterns are attached onto a larger piece to form a picture or pattern.

It is commonly used as decoration, especially on garments. Appliqué is commonly practised with textiles, but the term may be applied to similar techniques used on different materials. In the context of ceramics, for example, an appliqué is a separate piece of clay added to the primary work, generally for the purpose of decoration.


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Quilting is the process of sewing two or more layers of fabric together to make a thicker padded material, usually to create a quilt or quilted garment. Typically, quilting is done with three layers: the top fabric or quilt top, batting or insulating material and backing material, but many different styles are adopted. The process of quilting uses a needle and thread to join two or […]



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Molas forms part of the traditional outfit of a Kuna woman, handmade using a reverse appliqué technique.