Palan top | Siassi skirt

Easton Pearson

Museum of Brisbane

Museum of Brisbane
Brisbane City, Australia

This top and skirt, created in Hanoi, feature hand-faggoted openwork with suriya insertions and machine stitches in contrasting rows. There is a silk slip underneath both garments. The designers said, "The method for embroidery in Vietnam is quite different to those in India, primarily because the work is done on a small frame either resting on a table, or set onto a stand like a tripod. This gives more flexibility when it comes to insertion work between panels. The rosette faggoting has been done over a strip of paper which was stitched to the lightly gathered panels above and below. Once the faggoting is complete, the paper is torn away from behind, leaving the open space. This could not have been achieved on a large frame, which relies on tension to form the tightly stretched fabric required for aari work or hand stitches". A suriya is what Easton Pearson called a circle of fabric that is gathered together and flattened into a disc. An aari is a handmade needle, or hook, with a sharp point at one end, used to embroider fabric. It is loaded with beads or sequins and is then pierced through the fabric. Faggoting is decorative needlework where vertical threads are tied together in bundles.

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  • Title: Palan top | Siassi skirt
  • Creator: Easton Pearson
  • Rights: All rights reserved
  • Medium: Linen and cotton, hand-faggoted openwork with suriya insertions
  • Season: Spring Summer 2006
  • Photographer: Carl Warner
  • Fashion house: Easton Pearson
  • Collection: Easton Pearson Archive