Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is a charming and mesmerizing European city, one of the best places to visit in Europe. I have supporters in the Europe a la Carte blogging team. Karen explains why she loves Brussels and Andy apologies for all the city’s unjustified boring tag. There are a lot of things to do in Brussels. I’ve also even offered some suggestions on what not to do in Brussels; and besides indulging in some Brussels shopping for the mouth watering delicious Belgian chocolates, Brussels is also famous for Belgian lace.
The lace making process started in the Flemish provinces of Belgium roughly around the 15th Century. The Belgian lace usually consists of flowery patterns. Well known for its intricate designs, originality and beauty, these laces are made from the finest linen thread.
Two main styles of lace making exist today in Belgium – The Needle Lace which is usually sold in Brussels and the Bobbin Lace which is the trademark of Bruges.
The original handmade laces tend to be very expensive, you will generally find the machine manufactured laces adorning the shops these days. It pays to be aware of this, or else you may end up buying a machine made lace at exorbitant prices – remember there are not enough people in Belgium to hand make all the laces that are on display in the shops.
Check out the large variety of items with the laces carved upon them – table cloths, place mats, handkerchiefs, bags, pillow covers, wedding veils, gowns, T-shirts etc. Some of these definitely make a great souvenir, just avoid the tourist traps and head to places where the locals shop.
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