Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lacemaking in Croatia



I stumbled upon this great video about Croatian lacemaking by chance. I think it's doing a very good job explaining the tradition of making it and the unfortunate situation  of it slowly disappearing today.  It makes me very sad that in this mass produced world of ours some of the old crafts have no future and will be lost forever, being shown just as exhibits in museums.

"At least three distinct traditions of Lacemaking in Croatia persist today, centered on the towns of Pag on the Adriatic, Lepoglava in northern Croatia and Hvar on the Dalmatian island of the same name. Pag needle-point lace was originally used to make ecclesiastical garments, tablecloths and ornaments for clothing. The process involves embellishing a spider web pattern with geometrical motifs and is transmitted today by older women who offer year-long courses. Lepoglava bobbin lace is made by braiding thread wound on spindles, or bobbins; it is often used to make lace ribbons for folk costumes or is sold at village fairs. An International Lace Festival in Lepoglava celebrates the art every year. Aloe lace is made in Croatia only by Benedictine nuns in the town of Hvar. Thin, white threads are obtained from the core of fresh aloe leaves and woven into a net or other pattern on a cardboard background. The resulting pieces are a symbol of Hvar. Each variety of lace has long been created by rural women as a source of additional income and has left a permanent mark on the culture of its region. The craft both produces an important component of traditional clothes and is itself testimony to a living cultural tradition." (c) Ministry of Culture of the Republic Croatia

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