The early 16th century is the first known recordings of lace. Venice was the first city documented as being associated with lace, as thriving trading centre Venice printed the first known lace pattern books.

Throughout the 1600s lace was being crafted across Europe in Spain, France and England. The collection at Andrew Smith & Son features pieces from Brussels, Flanders, Limerick, Malines and Valencienne including point de gaze, lace collars, lappets and cuffs.

Diarist Samuel Pepys also wrote about lace in the 1600 as he wrote on May 10th, 1669, an entry in which he describes the lace on his wife's clothes.

As the 16th century drew to a close, ruff and standing collars were popular. It was not until the middle part of the 17th century that linen lace was worn flat.

In the 18th century lace fashion was more delicate and mesh-like. The most popular types were French needle laces and Flemish bobbin lace as cravats and lappets became popular fashion statements.

By the 19th century, lace was brough to North America as missionaries shared lace with the Native Americans.

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