Nanduti lace collar from Paraguay

Made in Paraguay, 1890-1920.

This lace collar is an excellent representative example of the nanduti lace making technique of Paraguay. The wheel-based (ruedas) design originated in Spain and Portugal in the 1700s and was introduced to the Canary Islands and South American countries by the conquistadors and missionaries.

Wheel-based laces are distinguished by their geographical location. The name ruedas (wheel) is associated with Spain, nanduti (spider’s web) with Paraguay, sol (sun) with Brazil, tucuman with Argentina, an...

Summary

2007/134/5
Collar, nanduti lace, keyhole shape, silk, maker unknown, Paraguay, 1890-1920

A keyhole shaped gold silk lace collar. The collar features a design of nine wheel like motifs with radiating star points surrounded by an intricate knotted background and motifs featuring concentric circle patterns. The collar had a large scallop edged border.

Dimensions

500 mm

Production

This collar is an example of a wheel-based lace with the easily recognisable round motifs of ruedas (wheel) or woven patterns with rays radiating from the centre of the roundel - sol (sun). Wheel-based laces are needle-woven over an array of freely arranged threads to make a distinctive type of lace most commonly associated with South America. The wheel-based (ruedas) design originated in Spain and Portugal in the 1700s and was introduced to the Canary Islands and South American countries by the conquistadors and missionaries.

Wheel-based laces are distinguished by their geographical location. The name ruedas (wheel) is associated with Spain, nanduti (spider's web) with Paraguay, sol (sun) with Brazil, tucuman with Argentina, and Teneriffe with the Canary Islands. The nanduti design most closely resembles the lace-making technique that originated in Spain and is distinguished by the inclusion of palm-leaf shapes along with the wheel motif.

A long blunt-tipped slightly curved needle that is flattened at the tip to enable the needle to pass more easily through the web is used to make the lace.
1890-1920

Source

Gift of Judith Cuppaidge, 2007
2 October, 2007

Cite this Object

Nanduti lace collar from Paraguay 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 September 2017, <https://ma.as/367013>
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