Lace and high society

Innovation and networking from the 16th to the 18th century

The development of bobbin lace and needlepoint were among Europe’s most important innovations of the early modern era. Until that time, most technical achievements in the field of textiles had been taken over from the East – lace was a technique mainly developed by women which, starting out from Italy, conquered the fashion of the European elites. However, the production of lace did not only revolutionise the fashion of the upper strata of society but also the social status of tens of thousands of women who produced lace in the cottage industry while also being a driving force of industrialisation. Details

26. October 2018 - 10. February 2019