Brazilian Renaissance Lace
Beautiful things are created when there is a blend of history, art, and love to details.
The history of Brazilian Renaissance Embroidery goes back to the 16th Century. The embroidery was brought to Brazil by the European settlers. It was taught, in places such as convents to and by nuns.
The Brazilian “Renda Renascença" name was given in reference to the historical moment in which its emergence was located, the Renaissance Period, a time in which there was its greatest diffusion.
Renaissance Lace differs from other types of needle lace by the use of lacquer, a kind of ribbon that serves as a basis for the stitches and guides the contours of the drawings. This tape is also called lacê. It consists of a variety of Venetian lace with a simpler execution.
For over centuries Renaissance lace was kept as a secret technique only taught and learned in the convents of Olinda - Pernambuco, a Northeaster State in Brazil.
It was in 1930 that it finally arrived at the small village of Poçao, by the apprentice Maria Pastora who further taught the art to women of the village, which would result in changing their lives forever.
Poçao today has become the capital of the Renaissance Lace in Brazil, which represents the beauty of one of the oldest handcrafted traditions in the country.
In a way it represents the strength of the women in that region who despite their harsh realities use such delicate art as a way to provide for their families.
Enjoy the pictures and the beauty of this art.