Hand made lace is a highly skilled and time-consuming process. The most
of lace makers are and have always been women. Intricate fine pieces of
lace can take an entire day to make. Lace is made by looping and twisting
threads by applying a set of bobbins or a needle. True hand made lace is
also created without the use of any woven fabric.
Delicate lace-trimmed handloom linen and hand-made dresses are made in
Nagercoil in the district of Kanyakumari, India. The region is well-known
for its hand-woven lace work as the designs are pure magic and the
filigree finish is world class. The diocese, under which these products
are created, The Church of South India, is the hub of this veritable
industry with 700 women working together creating precious handkerchiefs,
bed linen, table cloths, napkins and household knick-knacks. Likewise, in
India and China and in many other countries hand-made lace is produced
according to their geographical style and designs.
Suppliers of lace trimming in China and India are installing the latest
manufacturing equipment and adding more production lines for satisfying
the increasing demand brought on by lifting of WTO textile quotas earlier
Recently many India suppliers have invested money to upgrades
production facilities and to improve the product quality and design
capability. Locally made and second hand equipments have been now
substituted by the latest machinery from Germany and Italy. In India, most
of the producers are using imported equipment such as Raschel machines
from Germany and Jacob Muller machines from Switzerland.
China suppliers are also increasing their production capacity and
minimizing waste by investing in imported equipment.
Most of Indian suppliers of stretch lace fabrics utilize nylon yarn
blended with spandex or Lycra. Models with polyester and rayon yarns are
also made in small lots. Such designs give two or four way stretch, with
spandex yarns blended at a ratio of 3 to 30 percent. Majority of makers
use azo-free dyes.
Stretch lace fabric suppliers from China provide designs in cotton,
rayon and polyester blended with spandex. With an increase in the
competitiveness, the companies are trying to tune with the latest trends
in colors and designs for women's clothing and undergarments, so that they
can use these styles on their fabrics. At present pure stretch lace is
well-accepted as are jacquard, mesh, embroidered and beaded models.