Considered as part of the first manual arts, embroidery, which has existed since prehistoric times, really took off during antiquity and found a true interest during the 15th century. As for knitting, stories mention its existence during the 3rd and 4th century. Very present in the Arab world, the technic spread in the West by way of Southern Europe. As for lace, the first written references date from the 15th century. It expanded rapidly throughout the 17th and 18th century in Europe.
Embroidery, lace, knitting etc. are part of the pantheon in traditional Quebec arts. Technics and knowledge have been transmitted from generation to generation. However, these traditions are no longer assured given the realities of modern life. The purpose of this exhibit is to show on one hand some of our rich heritage and on the other to draw the public’s attention to the risk of its disappearance.
This exhibition shows many items from the Beaulne Museum’s collections such as a few doilies, some dresser runners, pillowcases, purses, sweaters, bed jackets, etc. A beautiful range of handmade treasures awaits the public who may also benefit from two interactive sitting rooms: one for children and another for adults.