As the Century Turns

July 18, 2009

Lacis exhibitI had the great pleasure of spending last weekend in San Francisco with my sister and cousins. In all, there were four sets of sisters and three generations of cousins. We had a spectacular time together.

We spent  one day in the Oakland/Berkeley area which gave me the opportunity to finally visit the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles. What I didn’t realize is that the museum is actually part of a large store. I will share how much I loved the store in a later post but today I want to encourage you to see the museum’s current exhibit which closes on August 1.

“As the Century Turns” showcases a beautiful selection of women’s and children’s clothing of the late 19th century. As you would expect it is all about the lace; with a few needlework pieces for good measure!

The clothing is displayed on 19th century wax mannequins which give an incredible life like appearance to the various displays; largely because the faces are made with glass eyes and human hair. Another great thing about this exhibit is the ability to get up close to the pieces and really study the workmanship. It is truly a wonderful exhibit that anyone with an appreciation for antique and vintage lace would love!

Admission is free and the museum and store are open Monday through Saturday 12:00-6:00. It is located at 2982 Adeline Street Berkeley, CA. If you can arrange it I highly recommend a visit!

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