Pins, bobbins, a cylindrical pillow known as a ‘pillow lace’, precious yarns, precision and patience: these are the ingredients for lace!
The origin of this ancient technique is uncertain: according to some, it was learnt in the Middle East by Ligurian sailors who then taught it to their wives; according to others, it was a happy evolution of the daily mending of fishing nets. In the 16th century, many women were engaged in lace-making for linen and tablecloth borders, while in the 19th century there were over 3,000 lace-makers in Rapallo. Thanks to this long tradition, lace has obtained De.C.O. recognition.
Curiosity: Villa Tigullio is home to the Lace Museum, where you can admire precious and rare lace such as the over 8 m lace designed by Lele Luzzati.