4Y 5" Vintage Ivory White Hand Crochet Lace Trim~Mercerized Cotton~Wedding/DIY~

4Y 5" Vintage Ivory White Hand Crochet Lace Trim~Mercerized Cotton~Wedding/DIY~

 Description 4Y (91.4cm*4) stunningly beautiful hand crocheted lace trim/edging, about 5" (12.5cm) wide.Made of mercerized cotton. Compared with common cotton, mercerized cotton is firmer, smoother, more glossy, and less tendency of deformation, hence, higher cost and greater collection value.Made from 21-3 type fine yarn, very thin cotton thread. Compared with 10-3 type yard (the usual crocheting yarn), those items crocheted from 21-3 demands at least double time, hence much higher labor cost, much better workmanship.Ivory white, diamond side, beautiful floral motif,  Victorian style, romantic feel.Vintage lace, 100% crocheted by hand, dainty workmanship, really lots of labor.Fashion passes; style, remains. Fashion, you see, goes out of fashion.  Style, never.Ideal for decorating tablecloth, window curtain, bedspread, bedskirt, pillow, cushion, neckroll, apron, handbag, so on and so forth. Delivery To the United States: 8-15 business days To other countries: 20-30 business daysAll my packages are sent by registered mail with tracking number. Please confirm the address you registered on is the same as the one you registered on Paypal.Story of My Vintage Lace Items“Why you have vintage lace items?” Quite a few buyers sent me messages about that question or something like that.  Yes, I have, because China was one of the most important producing areas of handmade lace in last century. In China, hand embroidery is traditional while drawnwork techniques (including battenburg lace, Italian de point lace, reticella lace, crochet lace, bobbin lace, tatting lace, etc) were mainly introduced by missionaries, who were mostly active in the cities near the ocean, in Shandong Province. Originally, those churchmen taught local poor women how to crochet, how to make tatting lace, battenburg lace, so on. They sold those handmade items to their own countries and gave money back to those who made it. Their kindness helped a lot in impoving those local people’s life, especially during the war years.  After the founding of new China, for some time, the government encouraged local people to produce handmade textile and export to western countries. From late 50s to early 80s, the drawnwork industry peaked in China and Shandong province became one important handmade lace center in the world, like Brussels. At that time, a significant portion of those table linens, bed linens, cloths, bags, shoes, etc, decorated by handmade lace and used in western families, were from China, because China had the lowest labor cost and very fine workmanship then. From late 80s, with economic crisis mounting in western countries, machine and computer embroidery getting popular worldwide and labor cost increasing in China, the drawnwork industry was doomed. Many manufacturers broke down when they could not find a good market. Since we Chinese seldom use those handmade textiles in our daily life because of culture shock, many productions finished before and in that period became old stock.  Years later, with the rising online shopping and people’s growing interest in handicrafts, those old stock find their own values again.  Handmade pieces, Vintage items, old fashion,  forever elegance!  

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