Lace Exhibition: Alençon Lace @ The Willis Museum – May 18 to June 29, 2013

Alençon Lace @ The Willis Museum
Sponsor: La Ville d’Alençon, the Alençon-Basingstoke Twinning Association and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. aThis is part of the Basingstoke Festival,
Dates:  May 18 to June 29, 2013
Hours:  Tuesday to Friday 10:00 to 17:00
Saturday 10:00  to 16:00
Location: The Willis Museum
Market Place, Basingstoke RG2 7QD
Phone: 0845 603 5635
Admission:  Free

For 40 years the towns of Alençon and Basingstoke have had a relationship known as ‘twinning’, which seems to be related to the ‘sister cities’ programs in the US.  The exhibition consists of laces presumably lent by Alençon – unknown if examples from private collections will be shown. The website says that on the weekend of June 28th and 29th two of the seven Alençon lacemakers “the only ones in the world who possess the production technique for the Point d’Alençon” will be at the museum to show how the lace is made.  (the 2011 article in Piecework and recent classes at OIDFA and IOLI notwithstanding – and I realize I’m on dangerous ground here).
Alençon seems to be opening up a bit lately, probably as a result of being declared a UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010 There will even be a lace festival in Alençon in September

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