The lace of Burano is one of the most famous lace in the world, of centuries-old and specific tradition of the island of Burano, in the Venice lagoon, where there is a famous lace museum.
The history of the lace of the small island of Burano is lost in the mists of time and is linked to conjectures or legends. For some, the typical buranella processing would be related to the seafaring tradition of the inhabitants of the small island, linked to fishing and consequently to the manufacture and repair of nets on site.
At the Burano Lace Museum more than two hundred unique copies of the school’s collection, exhibited between the 16th and 20th centuries, are on display. The museum also preserves the archive of the school and other documents and works of art relating to the processing of lace in Venice.
Among the exhibited examples, we note above all:
- A collar of the third quarter of the seventeenth century, executed by needle with point cut into foliage.
- Two nineteenth century fans in mother-of-pearl and ivory, made with needle with Burano stitch.
- A centerpiece from the end of the nineteenth century, executed with a needle with pink dots
- A large tablecloth from the first half of the twentieth century, executed with needle and canvas with Venezia stitching and capping point relief.
Inside the museum you can see the work of lace makers, buying directly the lace they produce, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.