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The Art Of Soutache

 

A unique and beautiful technique commonly used in jewelry making today, is the artistry of soutache.  Also known as the “Russian braid,” the word soutache originated in France during the 1850’s and was derived from the Hungarian word sujtas, meaning "braid used as trim."   Although the technique of soutache can be easily found in jewelry today, it was not originally intended for jewelry making.  

 Photo: Threadsmagazine.com

Photo: Threadsmagazine.com

The art of soutache, a narrow flat braid in a herringbone pattern, was mostly used to conceal seams, create embellishments on drapery and indicate rank on military uniforms.  Historically, soutache embellishment was popular during the victorian age, but it can still be found in the traditional clothing from Russia, Morocco and Mexico as well as in haute couture and bridal gowns.

 Photo: whitakerauction.smugmug.com

Photo: whitakerauction.smugmug.com

Soutache finally made its way into jewelry-making in 1987, resulting in a jewelry design movement first inspired by a Israeli-trained fashion designer, Dori Csengeri.  Dori was the first to experiment with soutache and created lapel pins and other textile-based jewelry.  She used soutache to hold beads, capture crystals, provide a base for cup chain. 

 Photo: Charmandchain.com

Photo: Charmandchain.com

Today, soutache has made a comeback all over Europe and America and is becoming very popular with jewelry makers.  Soutache artists are creating brilliant jewelry with this medium using a wide range of gemstones to create beautiful pendants, brooches and much more. Inspired by the art form of soutache, we decided to design our own soutache jewelry for the Fall Boutique. 

Here's a sneak peak at our Soutache bracelets!

Join us for the Fall Boutique in October.  Mark your calendar!

AUTHOR, ELENA SCHLOSS

PLUME COLLECTION EDITOR

sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soutache

http://www.simplysoutache.com/what-is-soutache.html

 
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