A History of Patchwork

Posted: 7th October 2016 in

Hidepark has ventured in to the world of furnishings!

Our high-quality leather range is expanding, with the release of the first product in our Home collection: Cowhide patchwork cushions. Designed and manufactured from premium hide, the luxury product will bring a touch of elegance to any room in your home.

Patchwork has long been used as a technique with leather crafting, both as a technique for creating larger leather pieces, and also as a finishing for leather products.

Our new cushion range uses patchwork as a front for the upholstery, with a beautiful real leather finish on the back. Manufactured from premium hide, the patchwork tiles have been sewn together for a unique and eye-catching look that will bring individuality to your living room.

But just what is the history behind patchwork?

Patchwork dates back around 5,000 years to early age China and Egyptian tombs. Most often used to make quilts, the patchwork technique can also be used to make bags, wall-hangings and other items of clothing.

Patchwork quilts have become a popular piece of global history, being found in all cultures across the world. Once considered a sign of poverty, patchwork pieces are now treasured heirlooms.

In the 18th Century patchwork flourished after technological improvements in the textile manufacturing industry, which saw people used printed cotton fabrics.

Patchwork became street fashion in the 1960’s, and has continued into today – presenting itself in a variety of forms across high street retailers. The innovative patterns it can generate make it a perfect a staple piece both in fashion and in your home.

Patchwork is mainly found in two forms: block and strips. Pieces of square material make up Patchwork blocks, which are assembled in a multitude of patterns and sewn together in rows to make a bigger composition.

Strip patchwork involves piecing together longer strips of the fabric side-by-side to give a pleasing aesthetic.

 To find out more about the history of leather, visit our blog.