in·​tar·​sia | \ in-ˈtär-sē-ə How to pronounce intarsia (audio) \

Definition of intarsia

1 : a mosaic usually of wood fitted into a support also : the art or process of making such a mosaic
2 : a colored design knitted on both sides of a fabric

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Recent Examples on the Web Her intarsia top and legging combo made a clean palette for her bold accessories to pop. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Takes an Hermès Kelly (and Alex Rodriguez) to the Gym," 24 May 2018 Matte-finish tiles were printed with motifs referencing centuries-old intarsia and majolica patterns, and designers liked the idea of using them in contemporary spaces. Washington Post, "`Like theater in tile form’: Tile’s patterns, designs expand," 13 Nov. 2019 Especially atmospheric is the Piazza delle Tre Chiese, three churches, one of which, San Francesco, has altars of polychrome intarsia. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, "Discover Italy’s most delicious secret," 11 July 2019 The collection plays into Gomez’s own aesthetic and ranges from a delicate lace slip skirt to a lilac hoodie to a sky blue bunny-rabbit intarsia sweater. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Selena Gomez x Coach Is Here—See Every Piece," 14 Aug. 2018 Peau de soie, mikado, faille and lurex intarsia with shades of celadon blue and fruité red. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "This Is the Biggest, Best Hair at Haute Couture Fashion Week," 5 July 2018 Giant brushed-back wig hair and an unstructured celadon blue silk gown with intricate intarsia cape opened the 63-look show in that era’s exaggerated style. Washington Post, "Standing ovation at Valentino caps Paris couture week," 4 July 2018 The 80-some piece collection employs a breadth of handicrafts from Japanese boro, Spanish shearling intarsia (a method of color alternation), African patchwork from Togo and Senegal, and ribbon embroidery from India. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Jonathan Anderson Traveled the Globe to Create Loewe’s New Blankets," 17 Apr. 2018 Inside the Duomo, stop staring up for a minute and admire the incredibly beautiful (and sometimes disturbing) marble intarsia pictures under your feet. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Secret Side of Siena," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of intarsia

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for intarsia

German, modification of Italian intarsio

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“Intarsia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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