At the beginning of the 19th century, the progress of mechanisation made it possible to replace lace, previously made by hand, with mechanical tulle, to which patterns were applied by hand. This also simplified the production of large pieces. This sample shows the technique of sewing on hand-made motifs onto the tulle, which was sometimes cut behind the patterns to give the illusion of a piece made from the one attempt.


  • Title: Lace sample (back)
  • Physical Dimensions: 27,5 x 24,5
  • Type: Hand-made lace (needle and bobbin with inserts) on mechanical tulle, application style
  • Medium: Cotton
  • period: End of the 19th century
  • Inventory number: CiDM 1951.9.17
  • Conservatory storage: Calais, France

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