By the sixteenth century, embroidery had become a highly developed art form in England and on the Continent. The proliferation of printed materials, particularly books of embroidery designs, supplied a wealth of motifs for both the amateur and professional embroiderer. The superb workmanship found on this pair of early-seventeenth-century mules suggests professional design and manufacture.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Curios and Treasures," August 15, 2000–April 29, 2001.