ARTEFACT OF THE WEEK: Today’s artefact depicts embroidered art. This is the artist’s impression of a Maori woman displaying characteristics of the famous portrait The Mona Lisa. Embroidery is the handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. The process used to tailor, patch, mend and reinforce cloth fostered the development of sewing techniques, and the decorative possibilities of sewing led to the art of embroidery. If you know more information about this artefact that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or email@example.com, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection, with reference to: 1989.038.1.