Music: Olé, Mulher Rendeira – Brazil

What better way to recognize the bobbin lacemakers of Northeastern Brazil than to sing the famous song “Olé, Mulher Rendeira” at the Olympic closing ceremonies in Rio last night. Lace designs played on the floor in lights, and a lacemaker sat at her pillow in the center of the patterns.  It was in the part of the show acknowledging Brazil’s history of slavery and Portuguese colonization. Renda di Bilros came directly from Portugal (where it is still widely practiced), and the site discusses ties with slavery.

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There is an excellent discussion of the song at To quote from that site:

“The song is ascribed to the cangaceiro Lampião in honor of his lacemaker grandmother Tia Jacosa (written in 1922). The cangaceiros were “social bandits” from the drought and poverty stricken north-east of Brazil in the late 19th/early 20th century who made a living by looting local landowners, taking hostages and raiding ranches. While they inspired either terror or a sort of mythic awe in the local population, the bandits, and in particular Lampião, became a thorn in the side of Brazilian national forces. While they tried to foster the image of a united, peaceful and “civilized” society the apparent lawlessness of the wild sertão backlands contradicted this notion of a modern, unified state. The sertão was a long way from Rio de Janeiro and São Paolo in the early 20th century.”

lampiao      bilro

The song itself is widely sung in Brazil and often danced to by children with their lace pillows: (my absolute favorite is  The traditional bobbin is made from a long stick with a palm nut at the end for a weight, although this has largely been replaced by heavy wooden bobbins – there are many YouTube videos of Brazilian lacemakers: (here is my favorite, – what to do with all your leftover cable spools).  The lace tends to be highly colored, and we often see these products in New Mexico.
Here is a wonderful video of a lacemaker, Dona Olinda, singing Olé, Mulher Rendeira as she works at her pillow She also describes some of the traditional equipment, including the palm nut bobbin, cactus thorn pins, and banana leaf-stuffed pillow.

There are several versions of the lyrics, and translations into English are rare. Here’s one version:

Olé, Mulher Rendeira,
Olé mulhé rendá
Tu me ensina a fazer renda,
eu te ensino a namorá.
Olé, Mulher Rendeira,
Olé mulhé rendá,
Tu me ensina a fazer renda,
Que eu te ensino a namorá.(2x)

Lampião desceu a serra
Deu um baile no Cajazeiras
Botou as moças donzelas
Pra cantar “mulher rendeira”

As moçá de Vila Bela
Não tem mais ocupação
Sé que fica na janela
Namorando Lampião

Olé, Mulher Rendeira,
Olé mulhé rendá,
Tu me ensina a fazer renda,
Que eu te ensino a namorar.

Olé, Mulher Rendeira,
Olé mulhé rendá,
Tu me ensina a fazer renda,
Que eu te ensino a namorar.

My take on the refrain in  English is:

Greetings beautiful lacemaker
Oh what beautiful lace
Teach me to make lace
And I will teach you to make love (sometimes rendered as ‘teach you to flirt’)

The rest of the song is more or less along the lines of:
Lampião came down from the mountain
He gave a ball in Cajazeiras
The young maidens
Sang “Mulher Rendeira”

Then something like:
The beautiful village girls
are no longer occupied with work
See who is in the window
Loving Lampião

Another version of the song has a line:
Aqui vem Lampião , amando, gozando e querendo bem.

Here comes Lampião, loving and enjoying life, wishing everyone well (or looking good?).

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Lace Event Spain: XVI Encuentro de Bolillos de Casas Ibàñez- August 13, 2016

XVI Encuentro de Bolillos de Casas Ibàñez (Albacete, Castile-LaMancha)
Organizers: la Asociación Cultural “Virgen de la Cabeza”
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time:  9:30 to 12:30 (from previous years)
Place:  Paseo de La Cañada (zona de mercadillo – market area)
Website: (from previous year)
Information: Virginia Villaescusa, 967 461 181

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Casas Ibanez

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Lace Event UK: Birmingham Millennium Lacemakers Lace Day – August 13, 2016

Birmingham Millennium Lacemakers Lace Day
Date: Saturday, August 13, 20161
Place: South Yardley Library
Yardley Road, Birmingham B25 8LT, UK
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Scheduled:  Free and Easy

Tickets:  £2.50 at the door
Information: Sue Kalra,, 01902-843195


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Lace Event UK: Wessex Lacemakers Lace Day, August 6, 2016

Wessex Lacemakers Lace Day and Workshop
Date: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Place: North Petherton Village Hall
Fore Street, North Petherton TA6 6QA
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Tickets:  £5.00 for visitors, pay at the door.

The Wessex Lacemakers group was formed in 1980 and come from Bristol in the north to Honiton in the South, Porlock in the West to Warminster in the east.  Their logo is in the shape of the Alfred Jewel. The group holds 4 to 5 meetings each year and an annual Supplier’s fair. The group has a newsletter, and membership is £10/year, 50 p for young lacemakers.


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Interview: Veerle Meersschaut, President of Brugge 2018 vzw

LaceNews is honored to talk with Veerle Meersschaut , the President of Brugge 2018 vzw. Brugge and many cities in Belgium are major lacemaking centers keeping alive an ancient tradition. Veerle is giving us some insight into the 2018 Congress.

LaceNews:  Thank you for agreeing to talk to LaceNews.  Please tell us about the events planned for 2018.
Veerle:  The congress takes place on 17 – 18 – 19 August 2018. This is the same weekend of the Lace Days in Bruges. The Lace Days are an event that takes place every year. Local lace groups present their work and some traders have a sales stand. Compared with the congress is this a small event. To avoid that this event would not receive visitors, we have integrated the Lace Days in the Congress program. During the Congress there will be exhibitions of traditional lace, contemporary lace, lace art, lace jewelry, the results of the lace contest, five different lectures about lace and a lace market.
Before the Congress, there will be four days’ courses in different types of lace. After the Congress, there will be a six days’ lace tour visiting lace exhibitions
We are not changing our original program. We are working on a website and we hope to get this online by the end of the year.

LaceNews:  How did you plan the 2018 OIDFA congress? Who are the people and organizations working on the event?
Veerle:  When a country gets permission from OIDFA to organize a congress, the workgroup that shall do the organizing must form a non-profit organization. This is obligated by OIDFA. In Belgium we called this non-profit organization “Brugge 2018 vzw”. The Board of Brugge 2018 vzw is composed of traders, representatives of the Kantcentrum, and lace teachers. Most are residents of Bruges. One gets good results more quickly if we can work with residents of the city.

LaceNews:  What work has been done so far on the Congress, and how has OIDFA helped in planning process?
Veerle:  The organization of the congress happened without the help of OIDFA. We have taken previous congresses as an example but we give our personal touch with a contemporary approach. We have all the venues reserved, and lace artists are working to create pieces specifically for the Congress. The lace teachers we have contacted have accepted to give courses. The persons who will give lectures have signed their contracts. The preparations for the exhibitions throughout Belgium are in full progress. There shall be on the website of the tourist office a special link for the participants of the Congress, where they can book hotel rooms.
To help you plan and organize a congress, OIDFA gives the congress organizing committee a Congress Pack. It contains all the terms and items that a congress should gratify. They also provide a liaison officer, who is the only contact person with the EC. She passes all the questions and comments of the EC to the COC. The contract that we have signed says that once our non-profit organization was founded, we were receiving an interest-free loan so we had a starting capital to cover the initial expenses. This loan we never received.

LaceNews:  Several issues have been brought up in connection with the Congress. These include lack of communication within the BCOC and with OIDFA, missed deadlines, reports not written in English or French, and the very high budget. Would you care to comment on any of these?
Veerle:  The communication with the EC was bad from the beginning. We asked for another liason-officer but we never got someone else. We send in reports, all written in English, but it was never enough. The EC wants that all contracts for the venues are signed two and a half years before the congress takes place. In Bruges contracts are signed at the earliest two years in advance. This was not accepted by the EC. The costs of the congress were based on a worst case scenario. That was also something the EC didn’t want to understand. The budget was rejected several times. Each time we got the comment that the budget was incomplete and the figures were too high. The last time that I asked help to get this budget right was two months before the last AC meeting. I never got any answer on my request.

LaceNews: You have cited a major concern, that it is not permitted for a non-profit organization to work for a foreign association in Belgium.  Is this a new regulation?  Did the 1998 Congress in Ghent have similar problems?
Veerle:  The congress in Ghent (Belgium) didn’t have these problems. The association’s law became much stricter in 2002 and the statutes are strictly controlled  before they can be published. Everything has to go exactly according to the law. This was not the case in 1998.

LaceNews:  OIDFA is now searching for alternative venues for the AC meeting in 2017 and the General Assembly in 2018.  Would they be welcome to hold their 2018 meeting in Bruges during the time of “Lace Experience in Belgium”?
Veerle:  Everyone is welcome to the congress in Bruges. If OIDFA wants to keep their 2018 meeting in Bruges, they just have to ask.
This is the first and the last time that I and the board of Brugge 2018 vzw communicate about this item. We will concentrate ourselves on the splendid programma that we have to realise: “Living Lace” in Brugge 2018.

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Lace Event Belgium: 2016 Brugge Lace Days (Kantdagen) – August 11-15, 2016

2016 Kantdagen, Brugge, Belgium
Sponsor:  VZW Kantcentrum, Balstraat 16, 8000 Brugge
De Halve Maan Brewery
Date: Thursday August 11 to Monday August 15, 2016
Time: Thursday-Sunday 10:00 to 17:00
Monday 10:00 to 16:00
Place: Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan,
Ridderzaal en Moutvloer, Walplein, Brugge

This is the 36th edition of the Brugges Kantdagen. Flemish lace groups from all over the country will exhibit their work and provide demonstrations. This year they will host the Associació de Puntaires de les Comarques de Girona.

Kantdagen   Brugge

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Lace event Belgium: The World Lace Congress Brugge 2018: “Living Lace” – August 13-25, 2018

Below is preliminary information on the 2018 Bruges Congress, which replaces the OIDFA event.  This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

The World Lace Congress Brugge 2018: “Living Lace”  (West Flanders, Flemish Region)
2 weeks lace experience in Belgium
BRUGGE 2018 vzw
Baalstraat 16, 8000 BRUGGE
4-day Classes: August 13-16, 2018
Congress: August 17-19, 2018
Post Congress Tours:  August 20-25, 2018
Places: See agenda
Website: This website exists but is not yet live.

Agenda:  2016.08.02. Programme Congress 2018 Brugge

Students can register for 4 days and can either stay 4 days with the same teacher or take 2 2-day classes.
1     Vlaanderse kant, Nadine Pauwels
2     Turnhoutse kant, Liliane Eyckens  (only 4days)
3     Binche,  Lieve Pollet
4 A   Fijn Brugs Bloemwerk,  Annick Wils
4 B   Rosaline,  Annick Wils
5     Wezelse kant, Alida Nicola
6     Beverse kant, Simonne Coppieters
7     Mechelse kant, Rita Thienpondt
8     Metal jewelry in bobbin Lace, Lauran Sundin
9     Valenciennes kant, Chantal Ferier
10    Naaldkant, Magda Haentjes
11    Experimental design, Lieve Smets
12    Lierse kant/ Art beading,  Linda van Camp

1. “Collection headquARTers Katoennatie: 3500 years of textile ART” : “Sprang” by Anne Kwaspen
2. “Putting Antwerp on the Map: Lace making and lace commerce in a city of art and luxury trades in the 16th and 17th centuries.”: by Frieda Sorber/curator lace collection Modemuseum Antwerpen (Fashion museum)
3. “From Royal Wedding veils and Ma’s War Laces”: by Caroline Esgain/ curator, lace collection Museum voor Kostuum en Kant (Museum for costume and lace)
4. ” Art Nouveau Lace”: by Werner Adriaenssens/ art historian, art nouveau
5. Contemporary Lace: “ Living Lace”: by Martine Bruggeman/ lace historian, Kantcentrum Brugge

August 20
– Ecolle de Dentelle / Art de Dentelle
– the Flaxmuseum, “Texture”
– “War Lace”, Menenpoort
August 21
– Stedelijk Museum het outde hospitaal: History of Lace in Aalst
– Ridderzaal Belfort: Chantilly of Geeraerdsbergen
– Foyer van CC De Werf: 40 years Rozemarijn
– Exhibitions:  “5 Elements”
– Sint Nicolaas church
– Townhall
– Doka
August 22
– Carolus Borromeuschurch: Historical Lace – chambre, Lier Lace, Turnhout Lace
– Katoennatie
– Fashionmuseum
– 3 historical locations
August 23
– Predikherenkerk: Academies
– Romenise Poort
– Museum “De Mindere” Kantelink
– Kant in Vlanderen
August 24
– Museum “Le Grand Curtius <<La dame elegante>>, Private collections
Sint Pieters Leeuw
– Castle Coloma
August 25
– Museum voor Kostuum en Kant
– Museum Cinquantenaire

There will be a competition, “Dreams in Dimensions 25-25-25. Categories include Original Design, Technical proficiency, Youth under 12, Youth from 13-18.


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