Ascoli Piceno lace, history:

Textile weaving with vegetable fibres and wool has been an important activity for the Ascoli Piceno area for centuries. Almost all rural homes had at least one loom around which women would engage in spinning, warping, weaving, tailoring and embroidery. Complete bridal trousseaux were made at home as well as dresses, blankets, tablecloths and all other personal clothing and furnishings. The most flourishing period was from the middle ages to the 17th century.

The tradition of embroidery and lace was linked to the presence for wealthy families who could live in luxury and elegance. From the late 19th century being a good seamstress and embroider was an essential prerequisite for a good housewife. At the beginning of the 20th century female sartorial activity became very intense with the consequence proliferation of handicraft workshops making evening gowns, day dresses and formalwear decorated with embroidery and lace.

Today while walking on the narrow streets of Ascoli you can easily encounter small groups of women making bobbin lace as they chat together. The tradition of the famous Ascoli Piceno lace remains strong, something to be proud of.


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