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Lace-ez Faire: A Brief History of French Lace

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The French Revolution proved generally disastrous for lace making in France. The skilled artisans who painstakingly produced this rich luxurious fabric were seen as protégés of the royals, and after Marie Antoinette was sent to the guillotine in 1793, the lace makers of France were very soon to follow.
Lace-ez Faire: A Brief History of French Lace

Sophie Hallette
Long before there was any lace made in France, social status amongst the members of court would be determined by the quality and complexity of the lace they wore. Catherine de Medici introduced the fabric to the French, who named it dentelle for the tiny teeth around the edges. As French dentelle could not compete with superior products from Italy and Flanders, most of the lace worn in France was imported. The material was as expensive as gold, and Europe's aristocracy couldn't get enough of it.

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