Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode

Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode information

Calais , France
Address
Street 135 quai du Commerce
Telephone
+33 3 21 00 42 30
More information
www.cite-dentelle.fr
Prices
adult/child €5/2.50
Opening hours
10am-6pm Wed-Mon
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Lonely Planet review

Enter the intricate world of lace-making, the industry that once made Calais a textile powerhouse. The informative, cutting-edge exhibits trace the history of lace from the early centuries of hand-knotting (some stunning samples are on display). The highlight is watching a century-old mechanical loom with 3500 vertical threads and 11,000 horizontal ones bang, clatter and clunk according to instructions given by perforated Jacquard cards. Signs are in French, English and Dutch. Situated 500m southeast of the hôtel de ville (town hall building).