The beautiful Ferlagh’s Lakelands is home to the Sheelin Irish Lace Museum. If you are interested in lace making, it is the best place for you to go. Head to the Lakelands and the village of Bellanaleck to spend time in the museum and the shop. You will learn the history of lace making. You will also have the chance to purchase some of the quality products in the gift shop.
The region around Bellanaleck has an age-old tradition of lace making. The Museum houses between 400 and 700 exhibits. They focus on the various aspects of Irish lace making. These include the five main types crafted in Ireland. Attention is also paid to the importance of the industry. This means considering not only the economic effects on the country, but the economic, social and cultural meaning for Irish women. In the Museum you can see examples of final products. These range from simple handkerchiefs and doilies to elaborate wedding dresses. There are wedding veils and shawls, parasols and baby bonnets. You can admire lace bodices, collars, christening gowns and jackets. Later, stop in the shop to buy contemporary lace work.
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