Lace fabrics are hand-woven or machine woven patterned fabrics. Woven from cotton, silk, linen or rayon; these fabrics are often delicate. Lace materials are everywhere in the world and in Nigeria, we have our Nigerian lace fabrics.
History of Lace Fabrics
The late 15th century saw the existence of lace-making. By the late 16th century, lace had become dominant in fashion, home decoration and collar/cuff enhancements.
Italy, France and Flanders became world leading lace-making arenas’. These European countries made and traded in different types of lace. However, until early 18th century, all laces were hand-woven. A man called ‘John Heathcoat’ invented a machine that could weave the background of lace clothing in 1809.
Thereafter, Britain saw a rise in the use of lace in the mid 18th century. In 1840, the Queen of Britain, Queen Victoria got married in lace. She pioneered the use of lace for wedding ceremonies. Ever wondered why brides dress in lace for their weddings? Here, you have it!
Moreover, at the end of the 18th century, laces were much more cheaper and available to every class of the society. Today, lace fabrics are available in every country, despite being popular for centuries. It isn’t going out of style.
Do’s and Don’ts of Nigerian Lace Fabrics
The Nigerian fashion industry has enjoyed the use of lace fabrics over the years. Fashion designers have crafted different unique styles out of this long-age material. When it’s time for Nigerian ceremonies, lace fabrics always make the list for Aso-ebi and wedding dresses.
Though, lace fabrics are gorgeous and sophisticated, they’re as fragile as eggs. That is, they only stand the test of time when treated with utmost care and attention. You have spent a lot purchasing that aso-ebi lace fabric. You’ll be too disappointed if it doesn’t last six months.
Here, you’ll learn how to properly care for your Nigerian lace fabrics, thus lengthening their days in your closet.
How to Wash your Nigerian Lace Fabrics
Hand-wash lace in cool water using a mild detergent or bar soap. If you decide to wash with your machine, place fabric in a mesh lingerie bag, then gentle-wash.
While washing, scrub gently. Vigorous scrubbing will distort fibres and destroy your fabric
Rinse well and gently squeeze to remove excess water.
Air dry on light-weight hangers. Drying in your machine? Dry under low heat. Also, don’t dry with clothes possessing buttons or zippers as they may tear your precious fabric.
How to Remove Stains from your Nigerian Lace Fabrics
Wet lace with cold water, then locate stain and apply baking soda over it.
Without applying too much pressure, gently rub baking soda into stain.
Allow baking soda sit in fabric for five minutes, then rinse.
Fill a tub half-way with lukewarm water. Add few sprinkles of mild detergent.
Hand wash lace in water. Rinse thoroughly. If the stain refuses to remove, repeat process.
C’est finit! With these tips on how to take care of your fragile fabrics, be sure that they’ll last a long, long time.
In the same vein, if you’re looking to replace your old lace fabrics with new elegant ones; check our catalogue to see what we have in store for you.