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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Maltese Lace

Maltese Lace is a very unique kind of lace which is made in the Islands of Malta and Gozo, tiny islands found right in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, just below Sicily. Today I am posting some exquisite images of new and antique Maltese lace for you all to enjoy.

In truth the beauty of Maltese lace is a witness of technical dexterity, manual delicacy and unrivalled skill. And if you’re intrigued by the quality of this unique traditional lace, these pictures will further thrill you. Also known as bobbin lace, referring to the use of wooden or ivory bobbins to compose it, Maltese lace has a long and intriguing history in Malta.

And this is all handmade! Traditionally made from creamy coloured Spanish silk threads, it derives inspiration from Venetian silks.

You can read more about Maltese Lace on these books:
Gozo lace: an introduction to lacemaking in the Maltese Islands
by Consiglia Azzopardi

Gozo Lace – A selection of Bobbin Lace Patterns designed by Dun Guzepp Diacono (1847-1924)
by Consiglia Azzopardi


Unknown said...

Absolutely stunning! I love lace and these are very fine examples. How do you use them? Lucyxx

Cyndi said...

Absolutely, positively beautiful! I love the vintage ones. Thanks so much for sharing!



Anonymous said...

It is amazing it was all hand made. I can't imagine how many needles they needed to tack it down while tying all those threads.

kate said...

Really amazing - very beautiful work - thank you for letting us see this beautiful art -
from where can I buy these type of doilies in Malta and Gozo



Unknown said...

So glad there are sites for Maltese lace! I have quite a lot of Maltese lace having brought it with us when we move to the US from Malta. I was lucky enough to watch women creating this beautiful art. Be careful if you go to Malta and look for the lace - make sure it's handmade and not machine made. I ran into that when I was there a few years ago. Helga

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