Chantilly Lace

The Chantilly lace is famous throughout the world.

This silk lace is usually black, rarely white. Chantilly lace is a handmade bobbin lace. In 1830 the lace industry employed about 4,000 people in the Chantilly area.

At the end of the eighteenth century, under the First Empire and until late 1850 the lace made at Chantilly was known under the name of “blonde” in English blond, received this name because of the color of the silk produced by the cocoon of the butterfly, bombyx du mûrier. When the thread has been painted black, the “blonde” wore the name “blonde noire”

The vogue of black and white blonde lasts until 1840 when the lace wore the name of Chantilly and saw its peak under the rule of Napoleon III. The wife of this, the Empress Eugenia de Montijo, of Spanish origin, loved the black lace and she puts it fashionable.

The town created a municipal heritage museum and lace, gathering beautiful collection pieces.