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Lace related festival

February 14, 2013 9:30 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)
In going through some news pictures this morning, I found one with "Gilles of Binche".  Apparently Binche Belgium has their own version of Mardi Gras known as Carnival of Binche which has been recognized by Unesco as a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The costumes of the Gilles are interesting.  They wear "a hat covered with ostrich feathers and a red, yellow, and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists, and ankles".  Unfortunately, I cannot find an image with sufficient resolution to see the lace well, but I am assuming it is machine lace given that there are close to 1000 of these costumes.

There is a website for this festival, http://www.carnavaldebinche.be/
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