The Republic of Hungary cordially invite you to this stunning exhibit.

Halas Lace – Over 100 Years
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, August 1-September 14, 2009

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is delighted to announce the arrival of an acclaimed exhibit of international importance. Lauded in Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa, this exhibit offers a rich sampling of Hungarian Halas lace, one of the finest types of lace produced in Europe over the past century.

Developed in 1902 by designer Árpád Dékáni, Halasi Csipke (Halas lace) has become an important part of Hungarian folk art and gained international recognition for the quality of its workmanship and its unique construction, which combines delicate needlepoint lace with bolder fabric outlines.

This technique is an example of the creativity fostered by Hungary’s late nineteenth-century arts and crafts movement, which sought to re-invigorate native cottage industries with new designs. Thus, every piece of Halas lace is completely handcrafted, down to the hand-woven fabric that frames the intricate lace.

Halas lace has won numerous prizes at international competitions, ranging from the 1904 St. Louis World Fair and 1906 Milan International Exhibition to the 1937 International Craft Exhibition in Paris, where it surpassed the previously unchallenged lace of Brussels. Items made of Halas lace have also been presented as gifts of state to world leaders as diverse as the Roosevelts, Princess Julianne of the Netherlands, Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth II, and Governor General Michaelle Jean.

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary cordially invite you to this stunning exhibit.

Come see for yourself why Halas lace is one of the most prized types of textile art in the world!

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is located at 3 Rosamond Street East in Almonte, Ontario. For directions to the museum or questions about the exhibit please contact Michael Rikley-Lancaster, Curator at 613-256-3754 or

Michael Rikley-Lancaster
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

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