The origin of lace is difficult to locate in both time and place. Some authors assume that the manufacturing of lace started during Ancient Rome, based on the discovery of small bone cylinders in the shape of bobbins. Lacemaking is an industry which nowadays employs about one thousand lace workers, all of them ladies aged between fifty and ninety years of age. Do not expect to find lace factories in Brussels or Bruges, they do not exist.
El origen del encaje es difícil de localizar en el tiempo y lugar. Algunos autores suponen que la fabricación de encaje se inició durante la Antigua Roma, basada en el descubrimiento de los cilindros de hueso pequeño en la forma de bobinas. La industria del enchaje en la actualidad emplea a cerca de un millar de trabajadores de encaje, todos ellos de edades comprendidas entre damas cincuenta y noventa años de edad. No hay que esperar para encontrar fábricas de encajes en Bruselas o Brujas, no existen.
Lacemaking is part of Belgium's heritage. Bobbon lace is made in Brugge while needle type lace is available in Brussels. We saw this window display in Brugge, so I had to take this pciture. The Lace Paradise gift shop sells very nice gifts made from or with Belgian Lace.
Stumble upon a woman making lace. Was an interesting view and this woman is so absorb in the lace-making - never once look up. I think she just got used to people watching and snapping pictures of her.
Apart from the obvious chocalate shops and beers, laces and tapestries are what made Brugge's fortune as there were many cotton fields around it that supplied the basic material. It used to be an important cotton trading centre in medieval times I think. I didn't go and see a lace making workshop as I have seen one in Venice a few years back.
The most typical textile craft of the city is lace-making. You can find lace-makers of all ages working outside their houses. Stop and admire the experts handle the bobbins, threads and needles.
Some say that for the finest 'Lace of Flanders' called 'fairy stitch', 300 to 700 spindles are needed.
When you walk along Brugge, it can happen that you see women are making lace. Brugge is very famous for lace. I doubt that all the lace you see in the shops comes from Brugge, if so there should be a lot of factories. Can't imagine all of this is made by a few old ladies.
This is truly amazing to watch! What a skill !
We saw an older lady sitting at her stool handmaking the lace in a doorway, she had things for sale behind her as she made them so you know that you are getting the real thing!!
Its great to watch.....not something that I see everyday!*
At certain spots around the town you can see the wonderful workmanship of the lace makers. The intricacy of the patterns has to be seen to be believed.
Another Brugge speciality, personally I can't understand the fuss . . . the cloth is full of holes!!!
As we were shopping for some lace, we found this lady making some outside of a shop. This type of lace making is called bobbin.
Brugge is well known for its lace. Check out their lace museum where you can see demonstrations of lace making and even try it yourself!
Watch the women sitting in a doorway making lace in the traditional manner. This photo from a shop window shows the apparatus clearly.