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Different Styles of Miao Needlework

The Miao embroidery has a great abundance of needlework, resulting in vivid and one of a kind creations. Here are some examples:

Paper Cutout Style Needlework

Miao women create paper-cut models and adhere them to the fabric prior to embroidery. The pattern comes to life as colored threads are stitched onto the cloth, filling the model. This type of needlework makes the embroidery look more three-dimensional.

Different Styles of Miao Embroidery

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Plain Needlework

Plain Needlework is the most popular and foundational skill and stitching style of Miao Embroidery. Miao women use a single needle and thread, resulting in patterns filled with colored stitches arranged in a regular, side-by-side fashion.

Different Styles of Miao Embroidery

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Split Style Needlework

The thread for Split Style Needlework is typically 1/8 to 1/12 the thickness of a normal thread, then a single thread is threaded onto a needle and drawn through soft wax folded between a green leaf to lubricate it, resulting in a final pattern that is smooth, crisp, glossy, tight, and resistant to becoming soiled. Split Style Embroidery is a painstaking and time-consuming process. (Source from Google Arts & Culture)

Different Styles of Needlework of Miao Embroidery

Different Styles of Miao Embroidery

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Seed Style Needlework

The Seed Needlework style is another major technique in Miao embroidery. It involves winding the thread around the needle tip, holding the coil with fingers, and then tightening it to form small knots, creating a pattern with small seed-like dots. This technique adds a unique and intricate texture to the embroidery, making it a distinctive feature of Miao embroidery artistry.

Different Styles of Needlework of Miao Embroidery

Different Styles of Needlework of Miao Embroidery

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Straight Line Style Needlework

Different Styles of Needlework of Miao Embroidery

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Entwined Style Needlework

Different Styles of Needlework of Miao Embroidery

Different Styles of Miao Embroidery

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Braid Style Needlework

Different Styles of Miao Embroidery

Different Styles of Miao Embroidery

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Inlay Style Needlework

In inlay embroidery, the stitches are not closely spaced but rather inlaid, resulting in a meticulously crafted design.

Different Styles of Needlework of Miao Embroidery

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Rim Locking Style Needlework

This embroidery technique, achieved with a single needle and thread, is commonly used to outline patterns with linear details, demanding a high level of technical skill.

Different Styles of Needlework of Miao Embroidery

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Gold/Silver Thread Embedded Needlework

Different Styles of Needlework of Miao Embroidery

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Piled Cloth Style Needlework

Piled Cloth Style embroidery, also known as stack embroidery, is a intricate and time-intensive technique. What sets it apart is that, unlike traditional embroidery using threads, it primarily utilizes fabrics. In the creation process, various colored fabrics are soaked in a soap solution, dried, and then cut into approximately 1/3-inch squares. These small squares are folded into triangles with tails, pinned onto the fabric layer by layer from the pattern's center outward, resulting in a meticulously crafted design.

Different Styles of Needlework of Miao Embroidery

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Cross-stitch Style Needlework

Different Needlework Styles of Miao Embroidery

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