Etamin is a specific type of embroidery that is named after the fabric it is made with. The embroidery technique used in etamine is unusual. It is called a cross stitch in some countries. Every civilization has its own names for these stitches that are usually either plant or tool names.

It has ancient origins and is practiced by a variety of civilizations. One of its oldest beginnings are known to be in 5,000 BC Mesopotamia.