|Greetings from Bruges!|
|One of the many many souvenir shops|
The local lace museum (Kantmuseum) is a sad series of poor rooms, lit by some strip lighting in which a few old and rickety display cabinets hold some random-looking pieces of lace. Most are not even from Bruges or Belgium or have no label. There is no sign of proper conservation or of special pieces and, to be frank, Bruges city council better close this 'museum' as having nothing would be better than this.
|Bruges Kantcentrum, the Lace Museum.|
|The pattern is created with the help of pins|
|A lace maker during the Bruges Lace Days|
|detail of Jan van Eyck's Madonna with Canon van der Paele in the Groeninger Museum in Bruges|
Lace shop 't Apostelientje, run by the wonderful Anne who has been selling and collecting (only) handmade lace for 30 years. Her shop shows more handmade historic lace than all of Bruges does. I have spent quite a few hours there chatting to Ann and her partner about Bruges, lace and its history and her shop. She sells lace making materials, modern handmade lace, but most importantly handmade antique lace. This is the place to see 17th or 18th century Brussels lace, Binche lace or some 18th century Venetian needle lace (a blog post that is still in the making will discuss the different types of lace, which are notoriously difficult to identify). On top of it all the shop is styled as a real treasure cave, packed to the rafters with lace. Heaven. I left with a lot of photos, contact details and a lovely piece of 18th Century Brabant lace.
|The most beautiful chest of very old, very fine beautiful lace at 't Apostelientje|
|'t Apostelientje. Balstraat 11, 8000 Bruges|
|a wall of gorgeousness at 't Apostelientje|
For an organised list of ALL blog posts that I wrote during the BP Travel Award project (2 years), please see this page on my blog!
More Lace Posts:
The Pearl Necklace
An Overview of Early Lace
A Visit to Honiton