The French name for a needlework technique found across the world, in which one fabric is stitched over another ­ – whether a badge onto a school blazer, a patch to cover a hole, or a complex patchwork: any applied work is technically appliqué.

Appliqué might be chosen for decorative reasons or to disguise; the applied works can be hand sewn or machine stitched over raw or turned-under edges. For centuries the Amish community have used appliqué in their quilts, as have the Sindh women of Pakistan when making their Ralli quilts.

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