Wealthy Victorian and Edwardian family households would commonly have Bed Linens constructed of the finest Linen, derived from famous Flax Fields such as those found in the cooler regions of Russia, Switzerland, Belgium, Flanders, or Ireland. They were also elaborately hand-embroidered and monogrammed with a Family Crest or Initials (above).
The Lace Museum shows rotating exhibits of Authentic Victorian & Edwardian Fashion: Day Dresses, Promenade Dress, Vintage and Antique Evening Gowns, and clothing from the American Civil War. Rotating exhibits of Hand-made Bobbin Lace, Needlelace, and Victorian Machine-made Lace from Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, England, Ireland, Russia, and the Far-East.
Antique Needle and Bobbin Lace could also be richly decorated with glass beads and metallic thread, such as this lovely and rare piece of Victorian Trim for an Evening gown (above).
Handmade Lace has become nearly extinct over the course of history due in large part to the introduction of Lace Machinery. In America, the decline of the Pillow Lace Making craft at the Massachusetts Bay Colony of Ipswich suffered due to the production of Machine made Lace (above).
18th Century Alb:
Handmade Needle Lace in the
Italian Reticella Style (above).
The Lace Museum Detroit also exhibits Edwardian Era Textile and Lace Fashion in the form of clothing, as well as hats, shoes, and purses of the period, similar to those in the photograph above.