With a long and rich history dating back more than 160 years, Raschel lace is a decadent, imaginative and extremely classy choice for the bridal gown. The absorbing textures and designs are created using a warp knitting technique, which renders a soft, stretch-resistant fabric that will make you the true belle of the ball.
When it was shown that the principles of warp knit could be successfully combined with those of a circular loom, a German business quickly began using the newly-created machine to produce a sumptuous range of Raschel shawls, which were named in honour of the famous French actress Élisabeth Félice Rachel - where the extra S came from remains a mystery.
By 1859, various improvements had been made and Jacquard machines began being adapted to the technology. As time went on and new synthetic fibres became available, the Raschel machine proved to be the fastest, most reliable and most efficient.
Platinum Bridal Fabrics currently stock 19 examples of this evocative wedding dress material for your delectation. Favourites include:
Brooke - This Raschel lace catches the eye with a delicate yet striking Champagne colouration and is a sister to a whole family of related laces including Brogan, Jamie and Sarah. Classic floral motifs swirl amidst rich foliage, with symmetrically-scalloped and fringed edges completing the inspired design
Andrea - A true delight for the eyes and fingertips, Andrea Raschel lace has been created by a designer with true artistic flair. Flowers of various sizes sweetly decorate and embellish the body of the lace, which is framed by an absolutely stunning border comprising a broad array of textural effects, abstract shapes and feminine flowers.
Bethany - Light as a feather and featuring softly-corded highlights to attractive floral bouquets, this is a wondrous and charming bridal lace with identical fringed edging. Ingrid, one of our popular lace appliqués, is the perfect complement to Bethany dress fabric. For a limited time, you can now save 15% on any purchase of this wedding lace!
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