Lace materials are used for all kinds of clothing. From party dresses to wedding veils and even lingerie. These materials are very decorative and will add some spice to any look.
The South African market is filled with so many types of lace materials. One factor that you must consider before purchasing these materials is their price. This post will discuss the prices of the different lace materials on the South African market. We will also discuss some other important details afterward.
Prices of Lace Materials in South Africa
Before you step out to purchase lace materials, it is important to know the prices of the different materials. Several factors affect the prices of these materials. Some of these factors include the type of material, location, and vendor. We have surveyed the market on your behalf and these are the prices of the popular lace materials in South Africa:
- Cord lace == from ZAR$741
- Polish lace == from ZAR$926
- Swiss lace == from ZAR$741
- Voile lace == from ZAR$741
- Net lace == from ZAR$741
- Dry lace == from ZAR$741
There are several other kinds of lace materials on the market. Note that the prices of these materials are quite volatile because of the Dollar-Naira exchange rate, government policies, and import duties. Once we notice price changes, we will update this post.
What is Lace?
The lace fabric is manufactured from thread or yarn. One unique feature of lace materials is patterns and open designs. These designs are produced from a mix of several methods.
The original lace material was produced from a mix of linen and silk. Today, lace is produced from a variety of combinations including cotton thread with synthetic fibers. Lace materials are used as decorative fabric to embellish clothing as well as home décor. Once upon a time, lace was seen as a luxury textile because of the efforts and resources put into making the materials.
Types of Lace Materials
Lace materials have transformed over time. Today, they are made in different patterns using hundreds of methods. These different patterns and methods present us with a variety of lace materials. The classification of lace materials is dependent on the production process and the thread work. This section will look at some of the popular types of lace materials on the market today.
This type of lace is produced from a single thread and a single needle. These materials help to form tiny stitches that form the basis of the needle lace material. This type of lace is one of the most common in the world. Due to its popularity, the needle lace material has different nicknames from different parts of the world.
The Alencon lace is named after a city in France called Alencon. This city was where this type of lace was first produced. Alencon lace is made from a fine needlepoint and it has a characteristic floral design. It is quite common in South Africa even though we don’t call it Alencon lace.
This type of lace is designed from the winding of spools of thread over several bobbins. After doing this, the resulting lace threads are fed around pins to form a design. Belgium is one of the top producers of Bobbin lace in the world. So when you hear Belgium Lace in South African markets, they are probably referring to Bobbin lace.
Chantilly lace is a type of bobbin lace. It was first produced in France in the seventeenth century. The lace material got its name from the first city in which it was produced, Chantilly. There are two predominant colors of Chantilly lace on the market, black and white.
This type of lace is made by using macramé, a material of Arabic origin. The macramé is spun into a series of loops and knots to produce patterns on the material. This process produces the knotted lace that has grown in popularity the world over.
Other types of lace materials include:
- Paper lace
- 3D lace
- Net lace
- Cotton lace
- Cord lace
- Organza lace
- Perforate lace
- Feather lace
- Sequins lace
- Crotchet lace
Uses of Lace materials
As we mentioned above, lace materials are decorative. Because of their decorative nature, there are several uses of lace materials. We will enumerate a few of them in this section.
Lace is one of the most important fixtures on bridal wear. It is used in the making of both the wedding dress and the veil. Lace is quite transparent so it is usually placed over an opaque fabric such as satin or silk.
Drapes and curtains
Lace drapes and curtains might not provide darkness or privacy in a room. However, they help to add beauty to your home décor. Again, you can have an underlay of opaque materials to achieve the privacy or darkness that you desire.
Lace materials are used for all kinds of dresses, especially traditional attires in this part of the world. These ceremonial dresses are worn on special occasions such as weddings, burials, anniversaries, birthdays, etc.
Lace materials are very popular when it comes to decorative undergarments. Usually, they are overlaid with other materials, especially silk. However, there is lace lingerie that is used without mixing them with other materials.