Estonian folk lace - article in OIDFA bulletin
perignon February 26, 2013
International Bobbin and Needle Lace Organisation (OIDFA) published an article about Estonian folk lace in its first quarterly bulletin this year. The authors are Kristiina and Priit Halberg, both belonging to OIDFA.
Article "Estonian folk lace - its past and present" - "Dentelle traditionelle L'Estonie - Passé et présent" gives an overview of the history of Estonian traditional - folk costume lace.
When talking about Estonian folk (traditional) lace we mean first of all the lace used to adorn folk costumes. The oldest preserved lace of Estonian folk costumes date back to the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th century.
For centuries Estonia had been part of the common cultural influence zone of Germany (Deutsche Kulturraum). Due to this fact it is no coincidence that some of the laces considered to be traditional Estonian folk laces can be found in the first lace patterns book, published in 1561 in Zurich.
The Golden Age of Estonian folk lace ended at the last decades of the 19th century. The renaissance begun in 1980s and has continued since.
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