A delicate needlepoint lace originally manufactured in the city of Alençon in northwest France. Alençon lace has solid, flowery designs outlined with a twisted yarn. The lace usually has a delicate, hexagonal mesh background and is 36 inches wide with one edge scalloped. Machine reproductions of Alençon lace have been made since the mid-19th century.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Alencon lace; point d'Alencon; encaje de Alencon (Esp.); Alencon kant (Ned)
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
- Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937