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Border

Date:
17th century
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Needle lace
Dimensions:
L. 126 x W. 2 1/4 inches (320.0 x 5.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Laces
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness (Mary S.), 1942
Accession Number:
42.41
Not on view
Punto in aria—literally, "stitches in the air"—is one of the earliest styles of needle lace, which is itself developed from cutwork of primarily geometric design. When lacemakers transitioned to using a foundation of threads laid out according to a pattern drawn on parchment, they were able to incorporate more fluid lines and curves into their designs.
Mrs. Edward S. Harkness (until 1942; to MMA)
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