– DENTELLE DE CALAIS-CAUDRY –

DENTELLE DE CALAIS-CAUDRY  is a trademark that designates lace produced in the north of France, in 2 cities : Calais & Caudry. The lace is produced on LEAVERS machines, most of which are 120+ years old. The lace is of the highest quality These looms exist nowhere else in the world, they have landmark status and can no longer be produced only repaired and must stay in France, they cannot be exported to any other country in the world. The entire loom is made from pieces welded by hand. The loom is about 5 meters long and is made up of thousands of hand wound bobbins. `To change the loom from one pattern to another takes more than a day. There is a master craftsman who continuously walks on a platform in front of the looms to check for defects.

 

Producing the base lace, known as CHANTILLY Lace, is a slow process and a very delicate one. Each lace needs to be produced on the same loom.  Once off the loom the lace is checked by hand and prepared for dyeing. Dyeing is also done by hand in large vats. Once dyed the lace is checked again and then hand clipped ( all the little threads connecting the flowers are cut away by hand) and scalloped and checked yet again. It is then measured and folded and shipped. It takes a 3-5 year apprenticeship to learn how to work and supervise these looms.

It takes a 3-5 year apprenticeship to learn how to work and supervise these looms.

If ALENCON, it is then hand corded to give the three-dimensional look. This is done by specially trained workers who have undergone a lengthy apprenticeship of several years. There is NO substitute for this type of lace and true Alencon must be produced from a French lace Chantilly base.

LYON LACE is produced on looms that are even older, 150+ years; only 3 remain in existence. The production of this lace is even slower- in some cases 35cm/hour. The looms rather than being horizontal are vertical.  Headed for oblivion and destruction, the looms have just undergone a 3-year refurbishment to allow them to once again produce this lace of the highest quality. This lace is also corded by hand by even more specialized artisans. Only a handful of workers in the world are allowed to work on this lace. Look for the varied backgrounds and weights. It is truly unlike anything else! The process from the first day on the loom to finished yardage is 10-20 weeks for Chantilly 4-6 months for Alencon (corded) lace.Only the finest veil and dress houses use this type of lace. Only lace truly from these 2 cities is FRENCH LACE. Accept no substitutes Only the finest veil and dress houses use this type of lace. Only lace truly from these 2 cities is FRENCH LACE. Accept no substitutes.

Only the finest veil and dress houses use this type of lace. Only lace truly from these 2 cities is FRENCH LACE.

Accept no substitutes!