Handmade, Bruges, Bobbin Lace. Christian Cross
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Handmade, Bruges, Bobbin Lace. Christian Cross:
Handmade Lace Cross
From Heritage Trading Company
This cross was hand-crafted using the traditional, bobbin lace techniques historically developed in Bruges, Belgium. It was created in a women's cooperative of lace makers and embroiderers in Kerala, India.
The size is approximately 5 inches (12.8 centimeters) by 3¼ inches (8.3 centimeters).
It is made of white cotton thread.
About Kerala & Bruges Lace
Today's Bruges lace is actually made in Kerala.
The Indian region of Kerala has a long history of trade and cultural exchange with Europe and the Middle East. Early sailors, crossing the Indian Ocean found that the monsoon winds directed them to these southwestern shores of the Indian subcontinent. Tradition holds that St. Thomas the Apostle arrived in one of these ships in AD 52, bringing Christianity to the region. Arab and Jewish traders also came; and today, India’s oldest synagogue is in the Kerala city of Kochi. Vasco da Gama’s famed trip around Africa brought him to Kerala in 1498, and he died in there in 1524. The Portuguese controlled European trade with the region until the mid-17th century, when they were replaced by the Dutch, who were in turn supplanted by the English.
Kerala’s early receptivity to Christianity made it a destination for missionary nuns from Europe. They brought with them the arts of European style embroidery and lace making, and they taught these skills to Indian women. Their products were then exported back to Europe.
The production of hand-made, Bruges style, bobbin lace has been established in Kerala since the 19th century. This highly-skilled art is now practiced mainly by older ladies, as younger women are less willing to engage in such time-consuming work. For the same reason, the production of Bruges lace has died out almost entirely in Belgium, the country of its origin. Now the lace sold in Belgian shops is made in Asia—especially in Kerala.
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Handmade lace has been a traditional adornment for church vestments. These crosses may work well on your stole, chasuble, or paraments.
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