Honestly in Nigeria, there’s no ‘Owanbe’ without lace. It is mostly chosen among other African fabrics because of its durability and its ability to retain its colour for a long period of time.
It was made with silk and silver threads. Though linen, synthetic fibre and silk threads can also be used. This trendy piece is mostly made from cotton weaves.
Lace gives a classy look when styled. There’s a long list of laces, but we’ve compiled 5 types of lace fabric that are easily accessed. You could pick one to style for your next occasion.
1. Cord lace:
Formally called Alencon lace. It was produced in Northern France but it’s now known all over the world. It is such a refined and delicate fabric, that it gives a charming look. It is transparent so can be lined.
For a unique look, you can line it with another fabric of different colours.
2. French lace:
As the name implies, it has its origins in France and like others is so popular around the world. It has flowery designs and may have beads or embroideries.
It can be styled into dresses for evening dresses and weddings. It is often styled with other bridal fabrics e.g tafetta, satins and the likes.
3. Paper lace:
It is similar to dry lace. It is also a popular lace but may not be as old as others. It has a paper-like texture and feels soft. It’s light-weighted and simple.
If you are part of those who easily get irritated or ‘tickled’ by other types of lace, give paper lace a try. It can be designed into a skirt and blouse, Buba and wrapper and so on.
4. George lace
George lace is known for its exquisite embroideries. It has lovely and fascinating patterns. It is a special kind of lace. It can be styled with other types of lace. A cord lace could be sewn into a blouse, while the george lace fabric can be used as a wrapper.
In some traditional weddings in Nigeria, stunning styles are designed for the bride using this lace only.
5. Tulle lace:
This is more of a net fabric. It is used to decorate wedding gowns and veils. It was first made in Tulle city in France. It is a delicate piece with lovely embroidery. It’s transparent so it’s mostly combined with other fabrics.
Which of the above-listed lace fabrics are you trying out on your next occasion? Let us hear from you in the comments.
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