Last month, I visited the Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles in Berkeley, California. What a lovely place to visit if you are a fan of lace, tatting, and textiles!
The Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles is a large museum... A much larger museum than I anticipated it being and a lot different than I expected too! There are so many things see at the Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles and docent guided tours are given to visitors.
The Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles store front is definitely worth the visit as books and other supplies are offered for sale. Classes and other events are offered at the Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles as well.
The following is more information about the Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles from their website:
The Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles was established in October of 2004, an outgrowth and merging of the Lacis Retail store and the extensive collection of Kaethe and Jules Kliot of laces and textiles, a related library and tools of the textile arts.Admission is FREE to the Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles in Berkeley, California.
Lacis, founded by Kaethe and Jules Kliot in 1965, was operated by Kaethe Kliot until her untimely passing in 2002, as a haven for the textile community and all involved in virtually every aspect of the textile arts…a place where she provided support, encouragement and knowledge to all.
The collection of the Kliot laces and textiles represents 40 years of dedication to the preservation of the finest of human handiwork.
The collection includes thousands of specimens from pre-Columbian Peru, the finest from the 17th c. European courts and examples of the machine laces exemplifying the 19th c. industrial revolution
An extensive library, focusing on lace, textiles and costume includes over 10,000 items of books, patterns, articles and other ephemera.
Related tools of the textile craft include those for all varieties of lace-making as well as an extensive collection of sewing machines.
I enjoyed my visit to the Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles very much. I hope you have a chance to visit it some day.