Pillow lace comes into play when we want to give a decorative side to the edge of a garment. The technique appeared in the Italian Renaissance (Venice). Then it spread all over Europe, and thus all over the world.
In France, most of the first shoelaces were first imported from Italy. In 1665, as a cost-saving measure, Colbert decided to ban the importation of lace and created the Manufacture Royale.
In the 18th century, there were 20,000 lacemakers in Normandy handling it. There were 40,000 in Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Valenciennes. And there were more than 100,000 in Puy en Velay. Nobles and clergy are draped in lace.
In the 19th century, the industrial revolution and the appearance of mechanical looms began the decline of artisanal lace.
You will find in this section all the creations made in pillow lace, entirely handmade in France.
Choose from the different sections (by clicking below) to discover all our pillow lace items.
The sale of lace is done by the meter or by 50 cm.