The lace-making city of Vologda has long been known as an arts and crafts brand of Russia.
The popularity of tatted snow-white patterns from Vologda
spread far beyond the borders of Russia in the 19th century.
Often referred to as “the frozen colors of northern winter”,
Vologda lace does remind you of fancy patterns that form on windows on a frosty day.
All of the main images in chain Vologda lace are made using a dense,
uninterrupted, uniformly thick, smoothly winding thick lace (a braid or vilyushka, “fork bend”).
The main idea is that the line must be woven without interruption,
forming bends, and a large number of secondary threads complete the pattern.
Sometimes there are over 60 threads, each of which is wound onto a wooden rod (koklyushka, a bobbin).
It might seem unwieldy to keep track of such a quantity of threads, since knitting uses only one thread and weavers only two.
Until the 1940s, tailored lace for trim on undergarments predominated,
while later individual items came to the fore:
strips, napkins, and decorative women’s clothing accessories (collars, ruffles, pelerines, scarves, ties, gloves and so on).
Vologda lace has kept its name to this day, which is why it maintains such a high price.