Handmade, Bruges, Bobbin Lace. Christian Cross For Sale
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
It is made of
white cotton thread.
Kerala & Bruges Lace
Bruges lace is actually made in Kerala.
Indian region of Kerala has a long history of trade and cultural exchange with
Europe and the Middle East. Early sailors, crossing the
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
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.
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.
the lace sold in Belgian shops is made in Asia—especially in Kerala.
X27-22 (Box E)
quality. Please see our response.
Handmade lace has been a traditional
adornment for church vestments. These crosses may work well on your stole,
chasuble, or paraments.
Heritage Trading Company offers unusual and hard-to-find
fabrics and trims at affordable prices. You'll find textiles for your
contemporary and historic projects in our sales and store.
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Handmade, Bruges, Bobbin Lace. Christian Cross: $10