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“Once upon a time there was an ancient betrothed fisherman fishing outside the lagoon, in the east sea. A siren tried to entice him by her canto but he withstood. Enchanted by his faithfulness, the sirens’ queen rewarded him for his loyalty: the siren thumped the side of the boat by her tall, creating a foam from which a wedding veil developed. Came back home, he gave the gift to his fiancée. She was admire and envied from all the young ladies of the island, whereupon they begin to imitate the lace of the wedding veil employing needle-and-thread more and more thin, hoping to create an even more beautiful lace for their wedding dresses.”
This Legend of Lace holds the magical atmosphere of the Rainbow Island and the old tradition of lace. In earlier days nearly all the men on this island were fisherman and all the women made lace. Life was not poor, however far for being rich. Hence, the small houses of the fishermen are closely nestled one like the other, but each house stands out from its neighbors by its colour. This creates a unique and picturesque atmosphere, so don’t forgot your camera!
Burano is a small island, with just 5000 inhabitants, actually it hosts one of the most charming museum: the Burano Lace Museum. Located in the only square of the island – Piazza Galuppi – the museum is also the former location of the renowned Scuola di Merletti (School of Lace), became museum in 1981. Thanks to a recent restoration, the museum highlights this noble, ancient trade almost exclusively carried out by women.
The over one hundred and fifty samples of lace display one of the local artistic craftsmanship which is so intrinsically linked to the traditions and cultural history of the lagoon. You’ll also be able to view skillful, tireless lace maestros at work, guardians of an art that has been passed down from generation to generation.
Through a chronological visit you’ll be immersed in the world of lace from the origins – sixteenth century – with the geometric designs to the latest production of twentieth century that became more and more complicated.
The Lace Museum is open daily. Last ticket purchase one hour before closing