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Medici collar

17th century

Gruuthusemuseum Medicikraag

Lace collars were fashionable in the 17th century among both ladies and gentlemen. Bobbin lace was made according to a very specific weaving and braiding technique with the thread wound on bobbins. This tradition still continues in Bruges and dates back to the 16th century. Originally, strips of lace were sewn onto the neckbands and sleeve ends of the undergarments, hence the name ("kant" also meaning "edge" in Dutch). Later on, loose and removable lace collars came into fashion.