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Some professions related to the lace production during the 18th century 


  • Spinners of flax.
  • Manufacturers of needles.
  • Turners of spindles.
  • Manufacturers of under clothing.
  • Fashion Merchants.
  • Drapery Merchants.
Some figures: (source “Around the wire, the encyclopaedia of textile arts” Bonnier Editions, Paris, 1989, B volume)
  • 200 ducats (the equivalent of 700g of gold), - the price up to which certain luxurious lace handkerchiefs could be sold in the 17th century.
  • A beautiful collar in the 17th century could be worth “twenty-five arpents of excellent vineyards”.
  • 9,000 to 10,000 workers - the number of lace makers in Brussels in the middle of the 18th century.
  • In the middle of the 19th century there were 50,000 to 60,000 lace makers in Belgium.

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