Embroidery has been one of the biggest fashion trends of 2017 so far – the catwalk showcased it on everything from bags and dresses to shirts, jeans and jackets. Here at Jack, we’ve always used a little embroidered detail, most often thanks to our iconic embroidered pheasant – but this season our embroidery is bigger than ever. So where did this textile process come from? And what is it, exactly?

Embroidery dates back to ancient Egypt and China. It began with a far more practical purpose than adding interest to clothing – its original use was to mend and patch old clothes. Glamorous indeed. However, the sheer variety of stitches that could be used meant the potential to make something pretty became obvious. And with that, the endless decorative possibilities took off.

There’s no doubt the technique of embroidery is pretty intricate. Initially, it was always done by hand (an incredibly slow process) which meant only special gowns and robes could be adorned with it. Now, super-speedy, super-accurate machinery will sew the embroidery onto your fabric in no time at all. Machinery embroidery is key to ensuring that quality and consistency in the design continues across each product – so what you see is really what you get.

But there’s more – the sewing techniques range from basic embroidery (for example, a simple cross stitch) all the way to intricate thread embroidery, which focuses on using more luxurious thread-types, such as silk ribbon and even gold thread. Chinese-style embroidery is a typical example of this, characterised by the use of delicate and fine silk threads.

Feeling inspired? Us too. Go subtle with a classic embroidered pheasant on a tank top (ladies) or polo shirt (gents). For a bolder, full-on embroidered look, shop the Stauntley embroidered sweatshirt or the Dalkieth embroidered bomber. You’ll be embroidery ready in no time.