Chantilly lace is a handmade bobbin lace named after the city of Chantilly, France, in a tradition dating from the 17th century, though the most famous are silk laces introduced in the 18th century.Though called Chantilly lace, most of the lace bearing this name was actually made in Bayeux in France and Geraardsbergen, now in Belgium.

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Chantilly lace is known for its fine ground, outlined pattern, and abundant detail. The pattern is outlined in cordonnet, a flat untwisted strand.The best Chantilly laces were made of silk, and were generally black, which made them suitable for mourning wear. White Chantilly lace was also made, both in linen and silk, though most Chantilly laces were made of silk. The black silk Chantilly lace became especially popular, and there was a large market for it in Spain and the Americas.

tumblr_m4la2rywiT1rwbx8so1_500_副本Chantilly and the Spanish laces (such as Blonde lace) were the most popular black laces. Little white Chantilly was ever {?}made. Another notable thing about Chantilly lace is the use of a half-and-whole stitch as a fill to achieve the effect of light and shadow in the pattern,which was generally of flowers. The background, or réseau, was in the form of a six pointed star,and was made of the same thread as the pattern, unlike the otherwise similar Blonde lace.The lace was produced in strips approximately four inches wide, and then joined with a stitch that left no visible seam.

1651-113409_副本Chantilly lace remained popular in the 19th century, when every fashionable lady had a black or white Chantilly shawl, made in Brussels or Ghent.


Oscar-de-la-Renta-Chantilly-Lace-Blouse-Embroidered-Guipure-Skirt_副本 sar-bustier-lace-sleeves_副本Black Chantilly lace has always been associated with romance and mystery. When combined with black tulle in a gown, Chantilly lace makes a dramatic statement. This is the sort of grand gown that you would have worn if you had been born into the elite New York society depicted by Edith Wharton in House of Mirth (1905).