Bruges = Lace

Bruges, in Belgium on a sunny day in May was the perfect place to discover the art of lace making. Bruges is considered by some the home of lace and even has lace centre home to a museum, shop, workshops and demonstrations.

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The museum features samples of the finest hand-made lace both old and new. I was very impressed by the centre, and I think it’s really important not only for preserving samples of traditional styles and patterns but also to keep the craft alive for future generations.

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Perhaps my favourite parts of the experience were the interactive screens which gave the opportunity to try lace making for yourself via touch screens and also the ability to slow down videos of lace makers at work in order to decipher the intricate and devilishly fast hand movements.

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Walking around the streets of Bruges you may also be lucky enough to see a lace maker at work and in every souvenir shop you are sure to find handmade lace.

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