miercuri, 25 iulie 2012

The history of the crocheted lace

"The history of the crocheted lace
Belgian town of Bruges – is a home land of the famous lace. Bruges' crocheted lace imitates lace, which is done on the bobbins, - it's a special kind of decorative crochet. Though this lace mostly serves as decoration for the curtains, table-cloth and pillows – it a true lace! In the true sense of the word, because this filigree hand technique has always been a symbol of the precious Flemish laces, which were done on the bobbins.
Bruges' lace consists of the ribbons which form beautiful ornaments. These ribbons are united when crocheting by small chains out of the chain stitches, and they are decorated by the chains so that an exact copy of the bobbin laces is done.
Bruges' lace was famous in the 16 th century already. Western Flandria belonged to the Netherlands at the time – a blossoming, rich country during the reign of Phillip II, which had become the center of the Spanish Empire. Trade and colonies were bringing big incomes for the country, thanks to which the arts had flourished.
First of all they appreciated the skill to dress smart. At the time there were about 1500 kinds of the lace trimming from silver, gold, and silk. They were probably also made on the bobbins, though the technique with the bobbins was created not in the Netherlands. Not a single original sample had been registered in this region. Such works of art mostly have Venetian origin. But either way, it's obvious that making the lace on the bobbins was considered to be national art in Flandria. In the middle of the 17 th century there appeared laces with the flower, plant motives and with the images of vases."

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