Lace, by definition, is a delicate fabric made of thread or yarn in an open weblike pattern, made either by hand or by machine.
Of all the fabrics in existence today—the bold patterns, the organics, the synthetics—lace, which came into popularity in the 16th century, holds very special power in the sartorial world. Lace is the embodiment of classic and elegance in fabric form, for it is the ultimate fabric of femininity.
Lace came into popularity in the 16th century, and was originally made with linen, silk, gold, or silver threads. Nowadays, lace is often made with cotton thread, while manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fiber. Originally linen, silk, gold, or silver threads were used. A few modern artists make lace with a fine copper or silver wire instead of thread. Lace is classified by how they are made, as below
Cutwork, or whitework, is lace constructed by removing threads from a woven background, and the remaining threads wrapped or filled with embroidery.
Bobbin lace (also known as bone-lace) is made with bobbins and a pillow. Chantilly lace is a type of bobbin lace.
Chemical lace is stitched with embroidery threads that form a continuous motif. Afterwards, the stitching areas, made of a water-soluble or non-heat-resistant material, are removed and only the embroidery remains.
Crocheted lace includes pineapple crochet, Irish crochet, and filet crochet.
Machine-made lace is any style of lace created or replicated using mechanical means. Knotted lace includes macramé and tatting. Tatted lace is made with a shuttle or a tatting needle.
Knitted lace—includes Shetland lace—is so fine that it can be pulled through a wedding ring.
Tape lace is made by using a hand- or machine-made textile strip formed into a design, then joined and embellished with needle or bobbin lace.
Needle lace is made using a needle and thread. The finest antique needle laces were made from a very fine thread that is not manufactured today.
In Thailand, traditional fabrics and culture cannot be separated, only few countries give weaving and fabrics the cultural pride that Thailand does. Handwoven Thai silk sarong and lace blouse are usually worn at important social occasions in Thailand.
In Western society today, white lace is synonymous with purity, innocence and new beginnings. To signify the purity of a new beginning in a woman’s life with a new partner, lace is the only way to go. Lace will infuse the wedding gown with a gentle, graceful allure—a truly royal effect. You can take your pick and select something that reflects your own sense of style since lace comes in an impressive array of styles. For instance, Alencon lace features bold motifs across its surface and a cord trim, while Chantilly lace, featuring a definite border, is a particularly detailed and open form of lace.
In a nutshell, lace is the only fabric that represents both chastity and debauchery, and to incorporate lace into a design requires more than a good eye and skilled sewing.