Although it is not known exactly when and where lace appeared, its origin has always been a source of inspiration for many fairy tales and legends.
One of the most famous legends reveals the love between a young woman from Venice and her beloved sailor who, before sailing to the sea, gave her a coral. One day, the young woman, while looking at the coral and thinking of her boyfriend, thought to imitate its ornamentation with the help of a needle and threads.
Another legend just as famous, born in Burano, narrates about a young fisherman who hold up to a siren from the east sea, who tried to entice him by her canto. The siren, enchanted by the faithfulness for his fiancée, gave him a wedding veil created from the sea foam as a gift. Legend has it that, on the wedding day, the man gave the veil to his fiancée, who was admired and envied by all the young ladies of the island.
Queen Elizabeth of Romania had her own corner dedicated exclusively to lace. She was proudly wearing her beautiful lace, as a true fashion designer.
The queen exposes, in the preface of the book dedicated to fabrics, how much artistic and emotional load could be found in the frail lace, “how many worries and troubles, how deep the anger and sadness (woven) in the silent work of a woman. (…) Many would say: lucky that my lace cannot speak. How amazing it would be to raise its voice and reveal all thoughts. (…) The seam hides a tear, a sigh or a suppressed word, that would hurt if revealed.
“I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.” – Coco Chanel
The finer the lace fabric is, the more complex is in its essence. Full of artistic load, offering infinite creative possibilities, and very elegant through its simplicity, lace has been and will always be a source of inspiration.