‘Lace on the Edge’ Corrib Lacemakers, 2nd – 20th June 2024

‘Lace on the Edge’ Corrib Lacemakers, 2nd – 20th June 2024

The first lace exhibition on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands. Also on display are two antique Irish Crochet Lace dresses on loan from the Traditional Lace Makers of Ireland.

Step into a world where craftmanship meets centuries old tradition at this Exhibition of Irish lace. Each handmade piece draws its inspiration from the culture, heritage, landscape, flora and fauna of Galway, Connemara and the Aran Islands. Lace requires practice and precision; the result is a unique creation that reflects the artistry and skill of the makers hands.

Two Antique Irish crochet lace wedding dresses (on loan from The traditional lacemakers of Ireland, Cork) will also be on display, threads of the past intertwined with those of the present.

Lace was first produced in Ireland in the 1730’s.  It was used to decorate wedding dresses, christening robes and church vestments thus playing a vital part in supporting many Irish families.  It is a highly skilled and delicate craft and many distinctive styles developed in Ireland.  Carrickmacross, Borris, Clones, Limerick, Kenmare, Youghal and Bobbin are examples of different Irish Lace Styles.

Lace is delicate but highly decorative and as a group we share, promote and encourage community participation in lacemaking ensuring the continuance of these skills into the future.