Brussels Lace

A type of bobbin lace that originated in Brussels, Belgium and is made in pieces, with flowers and other designs made separate from the ground, or reseau. Brussels lace dates back to the fifteenth century, and was first mentioned in England in a lest of presents given to the Princess Mary at New Year in 1543. The reseau has a distinctive, hexagonal pattern, and the designs have either a standard woven texture, resembling fabric, or a more open style that looks more like a netted ground. This allows for shading, an effect that is found in more recent designs.
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