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The Museum of lace and fashion in Calais: photo description (Cite internationale de la dentelle et de la mode de Calais)

Unique signature product of the French city of Calais is a delicate lace. Its production was started in the first half of the nineteenth century a clandestine way. The fact that Calais was the closest to England the French town, so he rushed to the British manufacturers and sellers of machines for the manufacture of lace.

The export of these machines (called bobinette machines) outside of England was forbidden and was punishable by death. However, in England the lace market had already experienced problems related to the overproduction of the finest goods, so a few British Industrialists had crossed the Strait and established at Calais to illegally manufacture. By the beginning of XX century, Calais has become a major producer of lace and tulle in France. Currently, the city is considered one of the world's leading centres of lace production, including the elite class.

The history of lace production in Calais is represented in the city Museum lace. The Museum is located on North promenade and housed in a former factory 70-ies of the XIX century. This building stands out among the rest with its unusual façade, which gives the matrix form for the production of lace.

In the Museum you can see the tools of the lace that were used before the invention of special machines as well as machines and dies for them. Museum visitors demonstrate the operation of the machine, which shows not only high speed of weaving, but also produce a lot of noise. Samples of laces that were made in Calais in the XIX century, designed in the form of directories and are stored under glass.

The Museum also features a large collection of clothing of past centuries, made with lace from Calais. It includes elegant fancy dresses and blouses decorated with embroidery and beads, the finest linen, and elegant corsets, children's dresses and delicate lace-trimmed ladies ' accessories - fans, and handbags.