Chalk Figure Appliqué Cushion - The Whipsnade Lion

Chalk Figure Appliqué Cushion - The Whipsnade Lion
Chalk Figure Appliqué Cushion - The Whipsnade Lion
Chalk Figure Appliqué Cushion - The Whipsnade Lion
Chalk Figure Appliqué Cushion - The Whipsnade Lion

Chalk Figure Appliqué Cushion - The Whipsnade Lion

By Marion Elliot
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Ref: MAE11

Created in November 1931, the recently restored Whipsnade Lion chalk figure proudly stands at 147m long near Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire. 

Hand embroidered and appliquéd onto cotton.

The term appliqué is derived from French and Latin words appliquer and applicare, respectively, which both mean to join or attach. Like embroidery, it has a humble beginning. The technique was used as a way to strengthen worn areas of items or to patch holes that had formed. As time went on, it became a creative outlet for cultures around the world.

Appliqué dates as far back as the ancient Egyptians and is seen on their clothing as well as household items. In this way, it fulfills the original intention of the practice. The Middle Ages, however, demonstrate how the approach shifts. It was seen on banners for churches as well as ceremonial costumes. This decorative use continues into the 18th and 19th centuries on the likes of clothing and quilting.

Dimensions: 40cm x 40cm

Made from 100% cotton with a feather insert. Cold wash by hand.

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