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2003/50/1 Antimacassar, bobbin lace panel, linen, maker unknown, Vologda, Russia, 1930-1935. Click to enlarge.

Bobbin lace panel

This piece of Russian bobbin lace is made with the traditional techniques and style of Vologda, a town (founded in 1147) and province in north western Russia. The tape is made with wooden bobbins and shaped and joined with fine threads or brides into a distinctive pattern on a lace pillow. The Vologda area which grew flax and manufactured a very fine linen thread was an important trade centre and became famous for its lace making from the 17th century. The comparatively heavy tape lace suited …


Object No.


Object Statement

Antimacassar, bobbin lace panel, linen, maker unknown, Vologda, Russia, 1930-1935

Physical Description

Antimacassar, bobbin lace panel, linen, maker unknown, Vologda, Russia, 1930 - 1935

The rectangular bobbin lace panel is made from a dense linen braid shaped into a pattern with fine threads or brides. At each end there is a central floral, leaf and stem motif (typical of Vologda lace) and in the centre a circle enclosing the Russian communist star, hammer and sickle motifs.



171 mm


533 mm




This panel was made in Vologda.



Edvarda thinks this was designed as an antimacassar, to be used on the passenger seats of Russia's first civil airline, Aeroflot. It is not known whether this was ever used.

From about 1950 Eva Vlassova was a fashion designer for the State House of Design in Moscow and travelled to regional areas looking for interesting fabrics and lace for her designs. The State House of Design produced garments for mass production but were continually hampered by a lack of interesting fabrics. Edvarda bought this lace on one of her buying trips.


Credit Line

Purchased 2003

Acquisition Date

10 April 2003

Cite this Object


Bobbin lace panel 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 September 2021, <>


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