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One of the European cities I visited while on my recent vacation is Corfu, Greece. While there, we had the unique and very memorable experience of visiting with a Grecian family for the afternoon.

Here are some photos taken inside the home showing a room divider and some window treatments with intricate handmade lace:

Greek window treatments

Lace making is an ancient craft dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Lace is created when thread is looped, twisted, or braided to other threads independently from the backing fabric. And there are different types – needle, cutwork, bobbin, tape, knotted, crocheted, knitted, machine made or commercial. Traditionally, lace was used on tablecloths, doilies and detailing of clothes such as collars, cuffs and yokes. These delicate patterns took time and skill.

The ladies in our host family were very proud, and rightfully so, of their handwork, showing us the items in one of the daughter’s trousseau. A trousseau (French word, not Greek), by the way, is like a hope chest, or a dowry. Included items are clothing, linens, draperies, and other decorations for the new home of the bride. The items are constructed by hand and/or machine sewn by the aunts, grandmothers, sisters, and other female members of the family. Very wealthy families tend to hire skilled crafters to hand make these lace and fabric items. Not too long ago, the girls in this Grecian town could not be married until they have their trousseau.  Here are some of the beautiful items the ladies made:

Grecian lace and decorator fabric

And in contrast to the lovely details of the lace and needlework of the Grecian fabric, we have a photo taken in the Vatican in Rome:

true roman shade

Why? Well, in our last blog we showed photos of the detailing in the architecture and this week we are showing the beautiful hand made details of the lace and fabric, so I thought it a bit amusing that such a plain roman shade would be adorning a window in the Vatican!

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