Just across the street from the entrance to the cathedral. You MUST take a few minutes to watch these ladies fly through lace-making as it has been done for centuries.
At first I wasn't sure if the public was invited. My French is basic, and the word atelier almost scared me off. However, the lace inside beckoned and I opened the door to a small, yet amazing, display of lacework. In this machine-made plasticized world of ours, this kind of craft is rare. There were 3 women working quietly who... More
Drop in to see the most maniacally meticulous artwork ever. Watch in wonder as the staff turn bobbins of thread into beautiful lace, using more little straight pins than I've ever seen before in my life. This place is a must-see. Don't forget to drop a few Euros in the box on the way out to support the preservation of... More
It was interesting to see the process, but there were only 3 women there that day. Everything is in French, so it is difficult for non-French speakers to make much sense out of the information. Still, worth a visit, if you want to see how handmade lace is made and how labor-intensive it is.
There is probably a lot more to this place than I saw, but I was amazed at how lace is made. Evidently, not many people actually make lace - at least by hand - any more. There was a lady in there, I'll call her the teacher, that was guiding her "student" on her lace making project. Watching them work... More
Watched a master lace maker at work flipping her spindles(?) at great speed to create the lace pattern beneath. Some good examples on show but a better range is to be seen at the lace museum in Chantilly, where the ladies who run the museum are much nicer!
Very interesting to see. You can look at the ladies making laces and wondering how they do it, there are so many pins! Do no touch at the lace exhibited. Not all the ladies are friendly they are maybe fed up to be disturb.
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