However, the patterns have survived in global fashion to this day. Today, if you look for information about Berlin embroidery patterns on the Internet, you have to type in English or Russian. It is very difficult to find anything in German.
The history of Berlin embroidery should be seen in the context of the emerging feminism and financial independence of women, the history of textile design and the history of Berlin. It is one of the many innovations that Berlin exported to the world, even if it is not remembered today.
Finally, I made an appointment to visit the Bibliothek of the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin to see the surviving originals of the 19th century Berlin Woolwork charts housed there. It was a delightful experience, looking at the wonderful, colourful patterns that had survived over 200 years. Designs of plants, animals, people and architecture for different purposes, for example for covering furniture, slippers, handbags or everyday household items, as well as needle-painted pictures.
I decided to find an artist who could help me to reproduce some of the designs, which I found during my research. I decided to go to Lowicz in central Poland, a place where folk arts and crafts have survived until today. This is how I found embroiderer for this project, Ms. Malgorzata Wrobel.