Museum Store Sunday St. Nicolas Ornament Collection

Support the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum this holiday season by making Gift at the Gardner your gift-buying destination. For Museum Store Sunday, enjoy a one-day sale on our line of bespoke felt ornaments featuring prominent figures from art, literature, and history, including Isabella Stewart Gardner and her circle of friends!

St. Nicolas specializes in bespoke handmade hanging decorations. For over 25 years, they worked with a small charity in Thailand that helps disadvantaged rural women find work in their community, rather than having to leave home. Today, some 200 skilled women work at home hand sewing the decorations and many have been doing so for more than ten years! 

As their business grew, more innovative designs were needed, so they began working with a partner in India. The Indian-made ornaments use the traditional method of zardozi embroidery, an intricate sewing technique that was developed to embellish courtly robes with gold wires and jewels. Zardozi work is rare, but because of the skill that is needed to create the ornaments, it continues to be handed down from generation to generation.







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