The third session of an international conference on lace was held in Gozo over the weekend. This conference is part of a Leonardo da Vinci programme under the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme.
The Wistin Camilleri Gozo Centre for Arts and Crafts (GCAC) is participating in this project together with other institutions coming from Belgium, Italy, Germany, Spain and Slovenia. Malta is thus being represented in a project which is intended to compare different methods and techniques, used by different cultures, within the participating countries with special reference given to the insertion of lace in fashion design up to the times of World War I. In fact the project also includes the reconstruction of old garments with hand made lace insertions. Another objective of this project is that of the development of a colour coded design scheme which will result in the standardisation of lace designs originating from different countries. Thus these designs will be more easily deciphered and will allow for the works to be executed in an identical manner.
Twenty-eight participants representing the European countries partners in this project, attended for this conference. They joined their Gozitan counterparts comprising lace teachers and participants who attend courses at the GCAC, during a short visit to Gozo. Discussions focused on matters relating to Lace – wealth for the rich, blessing for the poor while details regarding the progress achieved up to now in the creation of the colour coding design scheme, were also relayed at this meeting.
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