Oneword: lace

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lace, a term which is perhaps most used when talking about vintage dresses, weddings and special occasions, about brides and bridal lace. No, no, nowdays, lace is no longer used only on fancy underwear and wedding dresses.
Thanks to its rich history and the specific and delicate look, lace never ceases to inspire interior designers worldwide.

And when I say inspire, I'm not only referring to ornaments, but also usable items like chairs, shelves, wallpapers, lamps, carpets...

Lace motifs, so fragile and feminine are now making harsh materials seem softer and gentler. Modern form, strict form becomes delicately softened with its endless purity and tenderness. In addition to furniture, lace has found its place on dishes, rugs, shelves and even on the wall and inevitable, in the garden.

Because of its diverse structure, lace provides a rich play of light and shadow and will for sure fit in every modern interior.

Images via:
Studio bility
Imogen Luddy
Louise Campbell
Contra forma
Beerd Van Stokkum

And now something completely different and so special. I will tell you a story about

                    500 000 needle strokes    
                    500 hours of hard work
                    years of experience
                    bundles of patience
                    endless imagination
                    needed to create


There is one small island in the Adriatic Sea, an island belonging to the beautiful coast of my small country, Croatia - an island called Pag. The town of Pag which is founded in year 1443, had been planned symmetrically according to the principles of Mediterranean urbanism. A part of this harmony is transferred in the needle work of the women of Pag.

Pag lace is a decorative element appearing first in traditional textiles, and later as an independent decorative object. While the production work methods remained true to the canon of its origin – the strict Renaissance geometrical design, its application changed over time: from the ornament on the linen clothing of island women, to the interior decoration of bourgeois houses. These changes made it possible to survive to the present day.

It is geometrical in form and made without a drawn pattern. Each woman used works from her mother and grandmothers also adding a personal touch, something unique and special. Each lace piece is a symbol of the anonymous, modest and self-sacrificing life of its maker.

As a reward and recognition for this exceptional beauty, Pag lace was inscribed in the UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Pretty cool, huh?

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