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An appliqué is ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric in different shapes and patterns are sewn or stuck onto a larger piece to form a picture or pattern. This technique is very common in some kinds of textiles, but may be applied to many materials. In the context of ceramics, for example, an appliqué is a separate piece of clay added to the primary work, generally for the purpose of decoration. Applique is mostly used at school in tech.

The term originates from the Latin “applicare” and subsequently from the French appliquer or “attach”. Appliqué is a technique used to decorate an aspect of a garment or product. The technique is accomplished either by hand or machine.

Source: Wikipedia