|ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History / publications|
|The Sample Collections of Machine Embroidery
of Eastern Switzerland in the St Gallen Textile Museum
in: Textile History, 22 (2), p. 165 - 176, 1992, by Anne Wanner-JeanRichard
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|see also||The Firm of Arnold
Next to the numerous enterprises producing articles
for the home and for dresses, there were some specialised
Several samples of this firm can be seen in the collection
of a surviving textile firm in St Gallen.
In his house, Fraefel employed hand embroiderers and needlewomen. He gave orders for machine embroidery to home workers who were associated by contracts
|with his firm. The
embroidery machines produced the various motifs in large
numbers, so that afterwards they could be cut out and
applied to the chosen vestments - either by hand or with
the chain stitch machine.
Fraefel received in 1888
a gold medal at the "Esposizione Mondiale
Vaticana" for his ecclesiastical embroideries.
In Germany, there were branches in Karlsruhe and Friedrichshafen, in the United States in Toledo (Ohio), Chicago and New York. Fraefel sold the vestments also to England, Poland and Australia.
From 1919 his son Gallus ran the firm, and from 1958 his grandson Arnold. The third generation produced mainly badges and flags, and in 1983 the firm ceased to exist.
Fraefel had bought the basic materials
for the vestments from the best-known firms. He purchased
goldend thread from Duviard in Lyon and
silk fabrics from Wolters & Dutzenberg in
catalogue for USA, 1912
chasuble as a
pattern, for showing to customers,
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