Contemporary designer lace - made 1995
19th century lace-making machine;
the paper roll passing through the "mangle" on the left
controls the loom on the right
Machine-made lace and "haute
Caudry is almost as important as Calais in making lace. Here
they specialise in luxury designs, employing almost 6,500
people and exporting 80% of what they make. They supply
"hate couture" designers in Paris and worldwide.
19th Century Origins
The first machine-lace-making factory was set up in 1823, 7
years after Calais. Firms in the Cambrai area first
introduced machines that made lace by the roll for curtains
and tablecloths. From the 1880's until 1914, this was the
leading French centre - but the German occupation of the
area during the First World War left its factories in
After the war, the industry was rebuilt.
Using modern technology, it developed its specialism in
A lace dress by the Paris designer Christian La croix - from
his 1995 spring collection
Sample of 19th century lace from the museum's collection
In the elegant old Carpentier lace factory (built 1898) you
can see a reconstructed workshop, and the Museum's
collection showing two centuries of changing fashion in lace
patterns, garments from dresses to fine underwear, and
The Museum workshop
Temporarily closed in 1999, this shop in the last
remaining large mill in Caudry, sold lace curtains,
tablecloths, lace-trimmed pillows, etc at about 40% below
French shop prices.
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Museum - Musée de la Dentelle de
Caudry, place des Mantilles, 59540 CAUDRY
Factory Shop* - Carpentier & Preux, 55 rue de
Bruxelles, 59540 CAUDRY
13km SE of Cambrai: leave autoroute at
Cambrai, take N43 south-east, turn R onto D16A to Caudry
Museum - Tel/ fax: 00 33 3 27 76 29 77
Factory Shop* - Tel: 00 33 3 27 85 01 75
*CLOSED 1999 - PHONE to check if it has