The answer, it seems, is the town of Caudry in northern France. There, family-owned lace ateliers like Sophie Hallette and Solstiss weave their magic on 100-year-old looms.
The artisan-made fabric remains precious due to the effort and handiwork that goes into every yard. Just threading one of the pieces of machinery, the tulle loom, requires two months of work from two specialist technicians, reported the Wall Street Journal.
A chemist custom blends all of the dyes according to designer instructions. And some lace trims are so effort-intensive that it can take a lace worker two days to complete a single metre.
Tell the designers thats why it takes so long to fill their orders, said Maud Lescroart, Sophie Hallettes marketing head and granddaughter of the companys founder.
No wonder, then, that weve heard that one designer couldnt meet demand for a certain much-coveted red lace dress due to the scarcity of the prized fabric. Crochet, anyone?More