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Western embroidery enjoys worldwide popularity, especially in European countries such as England. But Japan can also boast its very own style of embroidery, Edo shishu (Edo embroidery), which in the past has adorned everything from shubutsu (Buddhist images embroidered on cloth), dashi (festival floats) and doncho (drop curtains), to kimono and the emperor’s crown.

In Edo shishu, only silk thread is used, which sets it apart from other types of embroidery. Also, more than 17 different special stitching techniques are employed.

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