Hoover, Lou Henry
needle lace, Alençon (overall production method/technique)
linen (overall material)
cotton (machine made edge material)
lace: 1 3/8 in x 78 in; 3.4925 cm x 198.12 cm
metal label: .3 cm x 1.2 cm; 1/8 in x 15/32 in
transfer from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
This Alençon needle lace border was made by Belgian lace makers during World War One. A white cord at one end of the lace attaches a metal label used by the Commission for Relief in Belgium (C.R.B.) to ascertain authenticity as made for the CRB. A narrow machine-made lace is added to the side that will be sewn unto a garment.