Bridal robes come in all styles, colors, materials, and sizes. If you are looking for a way to spoil your bridesmaids and make your “getting ready” pictures really memorable, you might consider acquiring a set of robes for the group. Your bridesmaid robes could match their dresses in order to create a sense of anticipation for the upcoming ceremony, or you could get creative and personalize them with embroidered names or designs. Many stores offer embroidered robes to add a touch of elegance to their merchandise.
Embroidery has been traced back to such ancient civilizations as ancient Egypt and the Iron Age in Northern Europe (around 1200 BC). The earliest known examples of embroidery date back to the Warring States era of China, around the 5th century BC. Most of the fundamental stitches of embroidery, like the running stitch or the cross stitch, remain fundamental to this day.
Traditionally, embroidery was a sign of wealth, so it became hugely fashionable and popular in Asia and the Middle East. Anything that could be embroidered, like shoes, calligraphy, handkerchiefs, or saddles, would be embroidered. Some embroidery houses would employ up to 800 people and would work with silver and gold thread.
The advent of the the Industrial Revolution meant that, by the mid 1800s, machine embroidery was easily accessible by everyone, not just the wealthy. Embroidery has remained a popular hobby and remains prominent on clothing in both the western and eastern worlds alike. To this day in Asia, brides wear wedding robes with embroidered cranes on them to symbolize fidelity in their upcoming marriages.
Wearing embroidered robes while you get ready on the morning of your wedding day will reflect many centuries of heritage while still looking forward.