Friday 21 August 2020

Halas lace (Hungary, 1960)

Halas lace was developed in the Hungarian town of Kiskunhalas and became popular after it was displayed at the Hungarian Museum of Applied Arts in 1902. It is a type of lace created with a needle rather than with bobbins. Local art teacher Árpád Dékáni created designs based on Hungarian folk art and which were then realised by applied arts graduate Mária Markovits.

As the technique developed, the number of stitches increased from 10 to around 50. Later designers won international awards (for example, at the Paris World Exhibition of 1937) and halas lace is often referred to as the most beautiful lace in the world.

This stamp is huge! It’s a good 1.5 inches square so you can really get the detail of the lace and the background is a very deep purple.

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