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Appliques

In arts and crafts, an applique or applique refers to flat decorative pieces made of silhouetted, usually à jour material, such as ivory, tortoiseshell, felt or lace, which are applied, i.e. placed, on an object of the same or different material.

In addition, applique also refers to a single- or multi-armed wall sconce for candles, as it was in use since the Gothic period and reached its peak during the Rococo period.

In textiles, appliques have been known since the 5th century. They are usually textile decorations made of lace or leather, sewn or glued onto another textile. Fabric appliqué in the making of quilts is also widely used. In appliqué embroidery, the appliqués are often lined underneath, making them appear raised. Unlike intarsia, appliques are always applied to the surface.