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Usually, specialized training courses like identifying antique lace would be held in Paris. This year, Youlie Spantidaki, head of the Research centre for antique textile in Athens (ARTEX), specialist in the study of antique textile, chose the Museum in Retournac to organise a very sharp scientific training course in identifying antique lace.
Last September, for a week, she transmitted part of her knowledge to 6 “students”, some lace-makers on one hand, and some professional museum staff on the other hand.
Diverse lace-making techniques were broached: embroidered lace (filet (netting), Buratto, worked thread, cut-thread), needle lace (Venitian lace, Point de France, Alençon-Argentan, gauze stitch, imitations from the 19th century), and bobbin lace : (continuous thread lace, added thread lace, and lace with added pieces).
By the end of the week, a little revision was in order, this being done by studying the display cabinets to make a synthesis of the acquired knowledge.
Should you be interested, you can enrol for the next session due from april 6th to 10th 2009. There will be yet another session taking place in September (dates to be released later).