About Lace


Today, laceworks are no longer synonymous with summer. People wear them when and where they feel like it, regardless of tradition or form. Moreover, the changes in the environment such as housing and lifestyle brought lace into all areas of our life, from bedding to interior decor. In the future, lace will be used in even broader areas. The exploitation of new applications enriches your lives. The lace industry hopes it will continue its limitless progress based on technical innovations.


It is said that the English word glaceh comes from Latin glaqueus,h which means ga snareh or ga noose.h Maybe it was because laceworks looked like nets used in fishing and hunting that they were called so.

The history of lace dates back to pre-Christian times, where hunting was much more in the life of people. During the medieval times of handicraft, lace was monopolized by the royalty and the nobility and sometimes commoners were banned from wearing lace. That was how lace became what it is today: the gking of fabrics.h From the end of the 14th century to the beginning of the 16th century, broidery with white threads on white fabrics showed a variety of developments. In the early 16th century, broidered lace on linen developed for more openwork. It is said to have been around 1540 that the veritable prototype of what we call today glaceh was born. Ever since, these laceworks have developed around such industry centers as Flanders in Belgium, Venice in Italy, Alenzon and Chantilly in France.

Later, the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century promoted the mechanization of lace manufacture. The improvements of warp knitting machines gave birth to bobbin winders. In 1813, John Leavers invented Leavers machine, the prototype of todayfs lace-making machines. Only twenty years later, the first embroidery lace machine was invented.

The mechanized lace-making industry in Japan started in the 1920s. It was the time when Japanese women changed their wearing from kimono to western style clothing. In particular, the changes in Japanesef clothing after WWII stimulated a strong demand for lacework. Today, Japan is one of the main producers of lace in the world. Meanwhile, the import and export of lace have developed over the years and the international exchange has grown significantly, including the export of embroidery lace and raschel lace and the import of Leavers lace.

Classification of Lace Products

There are various categories and names among lace products. The following classification is mainly based on embroidery lace. By width and size, they are classified into Leavers lace, raschel lace, and torchon lace, but used for roughly similar applications.

Classification of Lace Products

[Classification by width and size]

  • Wide lace
  • Medium lace
  • Narrow lace
  • Motif lace

[Classification by material, fabric, and process]

  • Cotton lace, chemical lace, tulle lace, stretched lace, nylon lace, etc.

[Classification by material, fabric, and process]

  • Clothing lace= Outerwear (for clothing and apparel use)/Innerwear (Underwear and accessory)/Others (scarves, neckties, collars, and handkerchiefs)
  • Interior lace=Curtains, seat cover/table runners/tablecloth/Other decor.
  • Lace for other uses= shawls, parasols, hats, bags, bedding accessory, etc.

[Classification by material, fabric, or process]

  • All-over lace, border lace, spot lace.
  • Ball lace, wheel lace, ladder lace, medium lace.