Symbolic Meaning Of Lace

- Mar 09, 2019-

"The symbol of courage is the sword; the symbol of knowledge is the laurel; the symbol of the door is the lace." The lace here refers to the lace, which has since been called the "fabric nobility." Since the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, people have been admiring the beauty and exquisiteness of this lace. In the 17th century, British aristocratic women were keen on weaving lace to achieve a degree of enthusiasm. It can be seen from Mrs. Barsari’s poems: “Abandoning the family with less warmth, regardless of all the laces, the fireplace is out of flames, the barn has no grain and clothes. The cold wind blows, the calm life flies with the dream, the mind is dizzy for what? Love the lace lace beauty.” This poem reflects people's fascination with lace, can be disregarded by the hardships of life, the captive of lace. Dawenhao Russell called Lace Lace as "the highest handicraft that transcends time and labor." In the early days, lace was mainly used by the upper class, such as the aristocrats, clergymen, etc., mainly decorated in the neckline, chest, cuffs or shirt hem, skirt. Lace is also a symbol of honor. In the 16th century Italy, only 25-year-old adult men and women are equipped with lace, which shows the respect and cherish of lace.

Lace weaving is time-consuming, and its production is a very complicated process. It is made of silk or yarn according to a certain pattern. Unlike some traditional Chinese laces, it is hooked or embroidered. It is necessary to wrap the thread around a small shuttle, each shuttle is only the size of the thumb. A less complex pattern requires dozens or nearly a hundred such shuttles, and a larger pattern requires hundreds of shuttles. At the time of production, the pattern is placed below, and different patterns, knots, and wraps are used according to the pattern. A less complicated pattern requires a skilled craftsman to spend a month or more to complete. Because the technique of knitting is different from person to person, the work of lace is generally done by one person, so each lace is unique.

Usually lace stitching is done after dyeing, and high-grade lace is dyed first. These hand-made laces are used in some high-end fashion or royal interiors, which are rarely seen by ordinary people. In the 18th century, France used to have a fiscal deficit due to the consumption of lace. The king banned the consumption of such luxury goods for some time.

With the development of productivity, mechanization gradually replaced the handwork, and the lace was no longer unique to the upper class, and the civilians began to decorate. In the clothing, in addition to the traditional usage of lace, modern design is used in underwear, etc., looming, sexy and mysterious. In recent years, due to the influence of clothing decoration, the elements of lace have begun to be used in home textile products.