What do the words mirror work mean? I am not talking about the psychology exercise called mirror work though I love that too, but instead of the mirrors used to embellish textiles. Ask someone from the Indian subcontinent, and they will immediately nod with recognition! Metal and plastic sequins, aluminum foil, plain glass pieces as well as mirrors are commonly used as decoration on textiles such as tapestries, heavily embroidered bedding sets (usually the top quilt-like bed cover because obviously they can be uncomfortable to lie down on), and on both traditional and modern clothing. These mirror and mirror-like materials are glued, stapled or sewed on. They catch the light and add a rippling quality to every movement of the textile. Think of a skirt that catches the light as it swirls around you! Not surprisingly, mirrors are the most eye-catching (terrible pun intended) compared to the other materials. Here are some very pretty mirror-embellished, vintage fabrics and the different embroidery used to anchor them to the fabric. See if you can spot the impostors! My love affair with vintage textiles has meant that I have spent countless hours photographing them and I have accumulated a lot of pictures and I hope you enjoy them! – Priya
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