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Vamberk, Czech Republic A European Center of Lace Making

I would like to bring to your attention to one special place in the Czech Republic.

A town named Vamberk. This town is a special place for lacemakers. Vamberk has been known for lace production since the 17th century. It was Magdalena Grambová, a Belgian owner of a local estate in Vamberk, who introduced Belgian lace patterns and a new technique of bobbin lace making using a lace cushion or pillow. Vamberk became a European center of lacemaking.

In the year 1899, the first Czech lacemaking school was opened, and it was the start of Czech traditional lace. In the second half of the century, almost in every house, they earned money by making bobbin lace. Lace was done not just by women, but by children and men. Czech lace very soon became known and valued all over Europe.

The founding date of today's Vamberska lace Vamberk is May 11, 1946. The main idea behind establishing this manufacture was to keep lace tradition alive and combine old techniques with modern form. Part of this manufacture was lacemaking school.

The first museum of lace established in Vamberk 1924 retrospective exhibition of old Czech lace making to modern Web Muzeum Krajky Vamberk - Vamberecká krajka

Many artists had here done their realization of their designs. The first international valuation of modern lace made in Vamberk came on international exhibition EXPO 1958. Czech lacemakers were honored by gold and silver medal. The next big applause Czech received was in the 1967 international exhibition in Montreal. Factory produced on the only realization of designs from well-known artists but also had its designers. They designed lace for lady's social clothing, jewelry, and production of home designs.

Manufacture factory of lace was running till the so-called Velvet revolution, after privatization, this manufacture under new ownership fated, and its production is limited. Today they have only one designer, very talented lady Lenka Kroulikova.

Lenka Kroulikova | Wire Bobbin Lace Dragon Fly

Photos courtesy of Lenka Kroulikova, Web Muzeum Krajky Vamberk

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Andrea Gaskell
Andrea Gaskell
Feb 13, 2023

A lovely article, which is very interesting. Does Lenka have a website? 😍

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