Broderie perse is French for Persian embroidery, but through the decades it also came to refer to artists cutting out fabric to applique onto a background fabric. This technique was also called “cutout chintz applique.” Recently experts have come to avoid using broderie perse unless the textile also includes embroidery, favoring instead “cutout chintz applique.”
However, if there isn’t embroidery present and not all the fabric used is actually “chintz” what should you call it then? When you are as talented as these artists, whatever you want. As Shakespeare reminds us, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
This is one of the exhibitions in which I had a hard time selecting which photos to include. Even though I divided the blog post into 2 parts, it still only allows eight quilts. However, I’m pleased to announce we’ve found another way to solve the problem. Starting soon, “Textiles and the Triplett Sisters” will have their own YouTube channel. We plan to feature all the quilts with credit given to the artists in our January 9th video. So, stay tuned to our blog to learn more about the Triplett Sisters vlog and how to subscribe.