Introduction


Lace is a decorative textile created using needlepoint or bobbins. The motifs are joined together using a picot or mesh ground. From the 16th to the 19th century, linen was the preferred material. Initially handmade , it was later mechanised.

What is the Brussles Lace?
In Brussels, in the middle of the 17th century, the technique of part-lace enabled large items to be produced. The motifs were attached by means of picoted bars, a round mesh, and then on the cusp of the 17th and 18th century, by a hexagonal mesh known as drochel. A fine rib made with bobbins gave a relief outline to the motifs. The supremacy of Brussels lace is assured thanks to the excellence of its designs and manufacture (finesse, subtle white shading and solidity), coupled with the commercial expertise of its Bruxellois makers and lace merchants.
 
Evening skirt, 1865-1868 (Point de gaze)