STITCHES IN MALTESE LACE
Over the years, lace workers crafted a vast array of stitches for the weaving of the background meshes. These vary from simple to intricate designs. A selection of the most popular stitches are shown in this poster.
MOTIFS IN MALTESE LACE
As confirmed by the French term ‘Guipure’, the respective motifs are defined by a heavy trimming gimp and are connected with bars or plaits rather than a net or a meshing. This technique took root in 16th-century Italy and filtered the local scene through Genovese lace workers during the 19th-century.
CHARACTERISTICS OF MALTESE LACE
While adhering to well established weaving and assemblage techniques, seasoned lace workers have the ability to craft versatile and highly creative compositions.
Maltese and Gozitan households mastered lace making since time immemorial, but the craft was given a huge boost with arrival of the Order of St John. Demand surged during the Baroque Age since the intricate weaves featured prominently in the then flamboyant couture. Lace received a second push during the 19th-century when well-organised production houses were set up.