Chantilly lace, named after the town in Northern France, dates back to the 17th century, when the Duchesse de Longueville set up lace-manufacturing facilities there. Due to the Duchesse's patronage and the town's closeness to Paris, the lace became wildly popular and has continued to be produced there right up to the present day. A particular favourite of Marie Antoinette's, Chantilly lace has an incredibly alluring feminine charm.
The only time Chantilly's lace-makers ceased production was during the French Revolution of 1789. Lacemakers were seen as being allied to the Royal Family and, after Marie Antoinette was guillotined in 1793, many of the skilled lacemakers met a similar fate. Production ceased until around 1804 when Napoleon I sponsored a revival of the beautiful, near-forgotten fabric. In 1844, a patent for a machine to fabricate Chantilly lace was applied for and granted; the lace produced was almost indistinguishable from the handmade version and so it became more affordable, thus beginning its rise to become perhaps the best known type of lace in production today.
Fine, delicate and flowing, Chantilly lace (sometimes known as Galloon lace) is made on a lightweight, hexagonal-mesh background and decorated with motifs. These can give an enticing shading effect and can also be outlined in a heavier silky thread to produce bold, three-dimensional designs.
Platinum Bridal Fabrics are excited to announce that we have fresh stock of the incredibly beautiful and feminine Natasha lace available. The richly-coloured ivory fabric has a very high cotton-composition, giving it a soft and drapy natural feel that makes it an ideal wedding dress material. It is also highly-suited to creating beautiful boleros, one of the top 5 bridal fashion items featured in a recent Platinum Bridal Fabrics news article. The closely-spaced corded floral motifs and symmetrical borders combined with gently-scalloped edges make this particular lace one of the most charming and feminine in our extensive collection.
For more information on this fabulous lace, or on any of our comprehensive range of brocade fabric, lace applique, embellished fabric and bridal lace, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our expert team.