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The art of lace in Northeast Brazil

The intricate design of bobbin and needle lace produced by coastal village women of Brazil's Northeast. Renaissance lace from inland villages, an ancient art brought by Portuguese colonizers

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The art of lace in Northeast Brazil

  1. 1. For a great many years Brazil’s Northeast has exported its beautiful lace to the four corners of the world. The rendeira (lace maker woman) with her patient and well-crafted work, printed an unparalleled brand in the crafts of the Northeast. The work of these women enchants for simplicity but also for its art and creativity
  2. 2. Lace making started in Europe, especially in Italy and Belgium, and was brought to France by the court of Louis XV. From France it expanded to Portugal and England. The Portuguese brought lace to Brazil, where it became an important form of handicraft, both in the Northeast and in Santa Catarina, in the South. The rendeira weaves the thread on a pillow with the aid of bobbins, which are used in pairs Renda de Bilro ( Bobbin lace)
  3. 3. Ceará, a major center for handicrafts in the country
  4. 4. Ceará
  5. 5. Bobbin lace from Aracati, Ceará
  6. 6. Aracati, Ceará
  7. 7. Divina Pastora - Sergipe
  8. 8. Rio Grande do Norte
  9. 9. Maranhão
  10. 10. Piauí
  11. 11. Bahia - Saubara – Recôncavo
  12. 12. Saubara, Bahia
  13. 13. Saubara
  14. 14. Saubara
  15. 15. Ilha de Maré - Bahia 1976
  16. 16. Ilha de Maré
  17. 17. Filet Lace is made with a knitting needle and was developed using the same technique used by fishermen for making their fishing nets. This very old technique was common among the Egyptians and Persians and spread well in Europe, from where it was brought to Brazil by the Portuguese colonizers. Filet lace is quite common in the states of Alagoas and Sergipe. Filet lace
  18. 18. Maceió, Alagoas
  19. 19. Alagoas – famous for its filet lace
  20. 20. Filet lace - Maceió
  21. 21. Filet lace - Maceió
  22. 22. Renaissance lace started in the island of Burano in Venice - Italy and arose and developed in the seventeenth century, during the period of the Renaissance, from which it derives its name. It came to Brazil with European missionaries and nuns and here developed rapidly in the Northeast region, particularly in the states of Pernambuco and Paraíba. Renaissance lace is highly valued because of its technical complexity. Renaissance Lace
  23. 23. Olinda - Pernambuco
  24. 24. Renaissance lace from Olinda
  25. 25. Renaissance lace
  26. 26. Renaissance - Paraíba
  27. 27. Renaissance from Pernambuco
  28. 28. Pernambuco – wedding gown
  29. 29. Renaissance from Alagoas
  30. 30. Divina Pastora, Sergipe Irish lace Recognized as Brazil Cultural Heritage
  31. 31. Aracaju, Sergipe
  32. 32. Irish lace– Divina Pastora, Sergipe
  33. 33. Chãs do Pereira - Paraíba
  34. 34. Labirinto lace from Chãs do Pereira - Paraíba
  35. 35. Orobó, Pernambuco
  36. 36. Alagoas, Sergipe and Bahia
  37. 37. Redendê from Maceió
  38. 38. Crochet - Canoa Quebrada, Ceará
  39. 39. Parnaíba, Piauí
  40. 40. Richelieu - mandatory in candomblé liturgical vestments – Bahia . ....
  41. 41. Richelieu - Salvador, Bahia
  42. 42. Bahia - Cachoeira