Lacework helps tell story
TODAY, to glam up an outfit, most divas throw on a bit of bling, but more than 100 years ago a dainty piece of well-crafted lace took any outfit to the next level.
The Warwick and District Historical Society has put together a collection of 245 vintage and antique lace pieces, including crocheted and knitted items, tape and sole laces.
The lace is all over 50 years old, with some of the pieces dating back to the late 1800s.
They all tell a story about the women who crafted and wore them.
“Women would have used the lace to embellish their outfits, which we still do today...there is a timelessness about it,” Warwick and District Historical Society president Janice Flood said.
There is an identifiable trend with pieces produced just prior to the war featuring blue birds and butterflies, symbolising the sense of hope at the time.
Even the gifts young soldiers collected for their loved ones back home played a part in the history of the artwork, bringing new designs and shapes which have evolved today.
“You would not be able to do this work today.
“The quality of the materials is just not the same,” Mrs Flood said.
The items are a selection of well-known designs to difficult and unique items donated to the museum from around the region.
Visit the Eastwell Hall Museum at 79 Dragon Street, Warwick between 10am and 3pm until Friday and then during normal museum hours for the last week.