The Lacemakers

Have you ever thought where the clothes you wear come from? Nobody does, does it? Well, here at Josephina Lace you will! You will know who made the lace or embroidered the piece of clothing you are purchasing for your little one(s) or for yourself.



The Renaissance Lace has its origins in Venice in the sixteenth century and was taken to the Northeast of Brazil by Catholic nuns. It soon gained freedom outside the walls of the convents and has since been spread, improved and liked by households and brides especially from the middle-cass. 

The “art” became a passion and then a tradition, which has been cultivated and passed on from generation to generation. The tiny town of Poção, in Pernambuco, for example, became known as the lace capital. 

In addition to skill, the “art” of lace making requires much love and patience, as some pieces can be ready in a matter of a few days while others can take almost a year. Using centuries-old techniques, these extraordinary women bring great mastery and tireless strength to their every effort.  

Whereas only small items used to be produced, now complete lines of bedclothes are sold (sheets, bedspreads, embroidered pillowcases and baby blankets), as well as entire clothing lines in lace created by associated lacemakers. Many of these materials are exported to countries such as France, the United States, Spain and Portugal. 

Their lace is highly esteemed and sold as haute couture in many of these countries. It is a luxury item for many of the world's brand names and fashion shows, where a single piece can cost up to £4,000. 

Would you like to know a little more about the lacemakers, and all the painstaking work behind the creation of each piece that comes into your home?  

Go to our video session on our website