Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Chantilly Lace Shawl

After pining after a chantilly lace shawl for the longest time, I finally broke down and bought one for myself. This original chantilly lace shawl is from the mid-19th century and will be perfect to wear for nicer civil war living history events.

Chantilly lace is a bobbin lace with a fine ground and ornate designs. These shawls were very fashionable in the mid-19th century and were a standard item in any well dressed lady's wardrobe.

It's virtually impossible to find a reproduction lace shawl even remotely close to the beauty and delicacy of the originals.

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  1. gorgeous! i'm pining for one too, but alas i have no money! what a great piece to own! my friend katie has one and i am amazed at how sturdy it is. it looks as delicate as a spiderweb but there it is definitely strong enough to be worn.

    1. Agreed; mine is surprisingly sturdy...also surprisingly warm. Not like, parka warm, but definitely more than you'd think for a little film of lace.

  2. Samantha and Katie, thanks for your comments! This one hasn't arrived yet, but I'm hoping that it too will be strong enough to be worn. I had no idea that it would provide any warmth - interesting fact to learn! :)