An example and detail of beetlewing embroidery made in the 1880s in the Hobart School for Mussulman Girls in Madras, India. The design is stitched in gold thread on black muslin net. The wing cases are from Jewel Beetles which shed them naturally throughout their lives. Clothing and accessories containing beetlewing embroidery became extremely fashionable during the Victorian period.
“Crowded into the claustrophobic foreground of the painting are several figures whose identities have been the subject of extensive scholarly debate. (…) The old woman rending her hair has been called Jealousy—though some believe her to represent the ravaging effects of syphilis (result of unwise intercourse)”. (from the Wikipedia)
Salvador Dalí, Printemps Nécrophilique (detail), 1936