Detail of the late 13th century linen
. Surface wear has exposed the wadding beneath.
from the Trapunto, 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.
History [ edit ]
The style originated in
Italy before the 14th century. [2 ]
Technique [ edit ]
Trapunto is often confused with the relatively similar techniques used in making traditional whole cloth
Provençal quilts that were developed from the 17th century onwards in France. [3 ]
Earliest [ edit ]
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 which was made in Tristan and Isolde 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 [4 ] Bargello, an art museum in Florence. [4 ]
References [ edit ]