304 pp.
24.5 x 30 cm
approx. 220 ills. in colour and b/w
ISBN: 978-3-89790-533-7
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-Die Leopold-Iklé-Sammlung im Textilmuseum St. Gallen

With contributions by: Anne Wanner, Frida Sorber, Roberta Orsi Landini, Thessy Schönholzer Nichols

Lace was a passion of Leopold Iklé (1838–1922), scion of a Hamburg textile dynasty who successfully produced machine-made embroidery over the course of the industrial boom in St. Gallen around 1900. He exported to England, France and the United States, among other places, at a time when St. Gallen was the market leader in the lace industry.

Iklé’s collection of handmade European bobbin lace and needlepoint from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century originally served as inspiration for his firm’s textile designers. Through his passion for collecting, however, it quickly surpassed the practical demands of a simple pattern collection, and in 1904 he donated it to the Textile Museum St. Gallen.

Historische Spitzen provides a comprehensive review as well as highlights of the lace samples in this unique collection.

Posted 2 July 2018

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This monumental book is unusually great for its graphic solutions to making life-size photographs of lace samples, sample books and test specimens along with many different products from hats, caps, bonnets, collars, veils, gloves and religious garments to blankets, spreads, hand towels and cushion covers and, lastly, frontages, rims, fringes, ribbons and panels, to make the collection visible and usable.
The different figures and fonds in the decorative lace can be carefully studied in regard to a variety of styles and periods because this book closes with a catalogue and a glossary: the catalogue provides readers with detailed information a.o. on the particular type of lace or yarn. A glossary helps us find the different parts and paraphernalia for techniques needed to construct a garment of larger sheets and concepts. The book ends with literature lists titles of all books that will be useful for further study.
A heartfelt recommendation for this book, where we can reach the past as pleasantly as is possible in our efforts to find contemporary solutions for the future use of lace. 
Angela van der Burght

Textile Museum St. Gallen, Switzerland>

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