Circular tablecloth hand - made by a master of Polish handicraft. Lace originating from Bobowa (lace-brick technology) – the pearl of the South Region. This lace is very fine and its manufacture is labour-intensive. It is composed of elements recalling delicate snow flakes or flowers. Flake placed in the central part is surrounded by 8 analogous elements as if they were “growing” on stems. The wholeness is complemented with delicate “spiders” and pistils of somewhat thicker plait. This type of lace – so called lace-brick, poses true rarity in the field of handicraft. It is ranked among the so called true laces, that is among laces which are impossible to unstitch with one thread and which manufacturing requires the most complex lace workshop. That is why it is highly valued and sought-after. Presented lace was manufactured in Bobowa – a place where laces are manufactured since XIX century – it is one of the most important lace centers and, simultaneously, it is the oldest lace centre in Poland, where lace traditions are cultivated up to this day. Owing to application of linen thread, tablecloth is naturally rigid. It will add elegance every interior.
When defining the word lace, we can say that it is a construction composed of interwoven thread. However, a considerably more pertinent name appears to be the poetic term for one of the lace making techniques – ‘punto in aria’ – sewing in the air, ‘Lace’ is an invention of a goddess and a task for a queen’ – that is how lace making was described by Federico de Vinciolo, the XVI century lace maker connected with Henry IInd’s court. And although few people are aware about it, it was Queen Bona who popularized the difficult art of lace making in Poland. Helene Modrzejewska – a well known Polish actress made a contribution to the lace renaissance in Poland. She was a mainspring of creating the National Lace Making School in Zakopane in 1883. Soon – a similar school was founded in Bobowa in 1890. Those schools do not exist any more. However, the traditions of the bobbin lace making are still cultivated in Bobowa – and it is regarded as one of the most important lace making centres in Poland. Another essential centre is Koniakow.
Ms Maria is a well-known lace-maker in Bobów and a laureate of numerous competitions – among others - she achieved a top place in a bobbin lace competition in Bobów. She has been attached to land since birth and the characteristic regional bobbin lace. She has learnt the secrets of lace-making thanks to her mother and neighbours. In her art she reaches out to the old, traditional patterns that are inspired by ancient traditional patterns, however, she willingly creates her own ones, inspired by former knots and motifs. Apart from old table clothes, Ms Maria is capable of ‘working magic’ with Christmas or other holiday ornaments, jewellery or images of saints.
She often uses decorative, shiny threads and beads, thus real beauties are created – angels, hearts, stars or little animals. Her makes have reached different corners of the world including the USA, Mexico, France, England, Holland, Italy and Slovakia. Ms Maria co-operates with lace-making ladies nationwide and worldwide. She shares her knowledge with children and adults alike during her workshops and festivals. She has passed her passion onto her daughter, too.
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