Trapunto, from the Italian for "to quilt," is a method of quilting that is also called "stuffed technique." A puffy, decorative feature, trapunto utilizes at least two layers, the underside of which is slit and padded, producing a raised surface on the quilt.
One of the earliest surviving examples of trapunto quilting is the Tristan Quilt in the Victoria and Albert Museum, a linen quilt representing scenes from the story of Tristan and Isolde which was made in Sicily during the second half of the 13th century. Another piece of the Tristan Quilt, thought to be from a pair to the V. & A.'s example, is in the Bargello, an art museum in Florence.
The technique was used for the inner-tunic collars worn in Starfleet uniforms from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. As of the 1980s, functional trapunto machines were rare, and the specialized needles which they employed were even rarer.
- Anderson, Kay (1982). "'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan': How the TV series became a hit movie, at last". Cinefantastique. 12 (5–6): 50–74.
- Art:Quilts and Quilters:Techniques:Trapunto
- Etienne-Bugnot, Isabelle. "Quilting in France: The French Traditions". Retrieved 2010-05-02.
- The Tristan Quilt in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Accessed 5-2-2010