18th century embroidery.
Lovely. I love how flamboyant the embroidery over patterns is. Sometimes what they show in period dramas is so staid and dull that it’d be nice to see more of this.
But remember this is all HAND SEWN. So someone was making a living doing this embroidery. And probably being underpaid.
A friend on FB adds: “Several
someone’s, probably. In France at least embroidery (broderie a
l’anglaise), braid (passementerie) & buttons were considered 3
distinct crafts that belonged to separate guilds.”