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El Jardín de la Pólvora hosts the XVII National Encounter of Lacemakers with more than 500 participants (15/04/2018)

The Councilor for Social Rights and Development Cooperation of the City of Murcia, Conchita Ruiz, and Commerce, Maruja Pelegrín, visited this morning the activities organized for the XVII National Meeting of Lacemakers that takes place in Murcia.

The Gunpowder Garden and the Regional Craft Center have hosted this event, in which the City Council, organized by the Murcian Association of Friends of the Bolillo, which has among its main objectives, "the recovery and transmission of bobbin lace to through public demonstrations and learning and dissemination of new craft techniques related to lace and bobbin ", as explained by the councilor.

This XVII Meeting has brought together almost 500 artisans, with more than 30 associations from different regions of our region, such as Murcia, Cartagena, Cieza, Caravaca, Abanilla, Abarán, Fuente Álamo, etc.

and collectives from other municipalities in Spain, such as Albacete, Pinoso, Letur, Socovos, Torrevieja, Ibi, Benidorm or Valencia.

The morning began with the reception of the participating lacemakers and a joint breakfast to start after the exhibition and exhibition of the techniques and work of Artesana de Bolillo and Encaje.

In the interior of the Craft Center of the Region of Murciana have been exposed from the first hour various artisan pieces made in lace, mainly clothing and accessories such as T-shirts, petticoats, handbags, handbags, jewelry, fans, etc.

Origin of lace

The historical origin of lace is usually fixed in the mid-sixteenth century in Venice.

But you have to go back to the ancient civilizations of the East to find their first vestiges.

In Europe, Spain, Italy and Flanders have a long dispute to sustain the triumph of being the first in the invention of lace.

The extraordinary and growing use that was made of these manufactures in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries for goles or ruffs, collars, cuffs, curtains, etc.

It contributed greatly to the development of this industry and to the establishment of very active centers of the same, during these centuries throughout Europe, especially in Italy, France, Flemish States, England and Spain.

From here originated a variety of points that are known by names such as Venice, Mechelen, Brussels or Colbert point, among others.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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