Binche lace, in Bruges also called “ouderwetse” (old-fashioned lace), evolved
from Old Flemish continuous thread lace and blossomed anew in Bruges at the
beginning of the 20th century. The Apostoline Sisters designed, worked and
taught this beautiful, delicate lace and gave it a whole new impetus with
numerous square tallies. The lace rightly acquired the name “magic work”.
Mentebolle lace is part of this traditional Bruges Binche family and is among
the most popular of all Binche laces. The name refers to the small area worked
in half stitch and surrounded by cloth stitch, possibly a sweet that was popular
at the time.
Sometimes this little figure is also called a “visblaas” (Translator’s note: literally a
swim bladder – a droplet or flame shape). A visblaas is also part of one of the traditional
motifs in architecture: a round tracing which tapers to a point at one end.