Record Detail

Catalogue NumberDBN 3963
Artefact DescriptionOctagonal, hand-knit lace parasol cover made from wild Convolvulus fibres circa mid 1800s. Glasnevin has a number of unique lace-works of Irish origin made from a variety of fibres including Nasturtium (Tropaelum sp.), sweet pea (Lathyrus odaratus), marshmallow fibres (Althaea officinalis) and wild Convolvulus fibres. The hand-made lace industry was extremely significant during the Irish Famine of 1845-47. During this time middle class women led famine relief programmes that taught the craft of lace-making providing income where it would otherwise have been absent. Irish lace of the mid-1800s included Carrickmacross and Limerick Lace, needlepoint, netting, kitted laces, crochet, bobbin and reticella. Today the tradition of lace making continues across Ireland and encouraged and supported through societies such as the Traditional Lacemakers of Ireland and the Guilde of Irish Lace Makers.
TaxonCONVOLVULACEAE Convolvulus sp.
TDWG UseMaterials - Fibres
SourceRoyal College of Science Collection, Ireland
NotesFor more information see: Dunlevy, M. and Nelson, E.C. 1995. Sir William's Irish lace gifts from an Irish Viscountess. Curtis's Botanical Magazine 12: 220-236.