When listing the best fabrics of all time, the lace fabric can’t be overlooked. It is a decorative fabric used in apparel.
For people going for a family cloth usually worn during funerals or family ceremonies (Aso-Ebi), lace material has been the best to use.
So, you need more than a good eye and good sewing skills to use lace in a design.
Many African women prefer lace because of the durability of the lace material and its ability to maintain its color and texture.
Unlike the other popular fabrics from Africa, such as Ankara and Guinea. It must be contemplated beyond simple construction to intent and impression.
In this post, you will get to know the meaning of lace fabric in fashion design, its uses, types, and so forth.
What Is Lace Fabric?
Lace is a delicate material made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern, made by machine or by hand.
Originally linen, silk, gold, or silver threads were used. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available.
Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fiber. A few modern artists make lace with fine copper or silver wire instead of thread.
Depending on the type, which is part of the discussion in this post. Lace ranges from lightweight to heavy.
What Are The Types Of Lace?
Nowadays, the lace fabric is widely used not only in bridal fashion, but also for finishing casual clothes, festive outfits, and even lingerie.
There are many types of lace, classified by how they are made (handmade or machine-made). These include
- Needle lace: Needle lace is a type of lace created using a needle and thread to stitch up hundreds of small stitches to form the lace itself.
In its purest form, the only equipment and materials used are a needle, thread, and scissors. And it is usually applied on parchment paper.
- Bobbin lace: it is made with threads, wrapped around bobbins. It is also known as pillow lace
- Crochet: the process of creating textiles by using a crochet hook to interlock loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials.
The name is derived from the French term crochet, meaning ‘small hook
- Tatting or Knotted Lace: is a type of handcrafted lace, made of a series of knots and loops with a tatting shuttle
Machine Made Lace
Here are the main types of lace, which are extremely popular today:
- Chantilly lace: it is a type of lightweight lace on a net background, usually with a floral pattern, outlined with silk threads.
Chantilly lace is a handmade bobbin lace named after the city of Chantilly, France, in a tradition dating from the 17th century.
The famous silk laces were introduced in the 18th century.
- Corded lace: is a type of lace outlined with a soutache cord, which creates a volumetric effect. Choose it for a wedding or evening dress, for decorating of any attire, or as overlay material.
- Guipure lace: Guipure lace is a type of bobbin lace. It connects the motifs with bars or plaits rather than net or mesh.
Guipure is a French word. It is used to describe lace which has a gimp or thicker thread to outline the pattern, but this is no longer used.
- Lyon lace: is a type of lace made of pure cotton. This lace has a complex pattern, woven on a lightweight tulle and outlined with a cord thread
- Lace applique: is a piece of openwork material. The weight depends on the décor, with beads and bugles lace appliques that can have the same weight as embroidered lace.
Uses Of Lace
Lace is a decorative fabric used in apparel and home furnishings. Narrow laces are used for trims and insertions, while wide lace fabrics are used for curtains, tablecloths, and garments.
Laces are made in different widths for different uses. For example, a narrow lace with a Scalloped edge is used for trimming a baby’s dress.
Lace with slits or eyelets is so made that ribbon may be run through it.
The Lace Fabric (Summary)
Lace into a design requires more than a good eye and skilled sewing. Fashion designers are doing great to bring the fashion industry up.
Nowadays, lace fabric is widely used not only in bridal fashion, but also for finishing casual clothes, and festive outfits.
Deciding on choosing one of these fabrics is amazing. Try it out and see the difference from other
So here is the question, what kind of lace fabric did you prefer? Let’s have your comment in the box provided below.