The origin of embroidery can be dated back to 30,000 BC, due to a recent archaeological find, fossilized remains of heavily hand-stitched and decorated clothing, boots and a hat have been found. In Siberia, around 5000 and 6000 B.C. elaborately drilled shells stitched with decorative designs onto animal hides were discovered.
Chinese thread embroidery dates back to 3500 B.C. where pictures depict embroidery of clothing with silk thread, treasured stones and pearls. Embroidery and most other fibre and needlework arts are believed to originate in the Orient and the Middle East. Primitive humankind quickly found that the stitches used to be a part of animal skins together could also be used for embellishment.
Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as pearls, beads, quills, and sequins.