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ecru lace scarf
Honiton Lace Lappet

TITLE: Honiton Lace Lappet of Head Scarf

SIZE: 100.5 cm long X 12.5 cm at widest

Accession Number: EAC-2016-19

DESCRIPTION: an ecru coloured lappet or head scarf of lace, Honiton or Duchesse technique.  The edge consists of a series of acorns.  There is a three-dimensional effect on some leaves along the vein lines.

MATERIALS: cotton thread

  • not sure when this piece came into the collection or who donated it
  • a lappet was first worn across the top of a woman’s head under a cap. It has a narrow area in the center and widens at each end as it would have hung down over the lady’s ears or shoulder area.  
  • there have been recent discussions on the lace lists about why it was worn. It is thought to have helped cover the hair when it had not been washed for a while, or dressed.
  • these pieces were later re-purposed to act as neck scarves when lappets were no longer used
CONDITION: fair, at least two areas in the central portion where the ‘acorns’ are broken and a few areas where the ‘bridges’ between the motifs are missing or broken.

close up of lace lappet
Lace Lappet Detail
TREATMENT: wash in Orvus and store in acid free conditions – with collars and cuffs

Learn more about Honiton lace on Wikipedia. For more about Duchesse lace, check Encyclopedia Britannica and the bobbin lace entry on Wikipedia.

Learn more about lappets on Wikipedia. There is also a romantic article by the Lace Curator, Elizabeth Kurella, about the piece she has called, the "Hothouse Lappet." Check the rest of her site for lots of lace love!


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