Delicate handwork and lace industry - a tour through the history of a unique textile industry.
“Plauen lace” with its magical touch has made the city famous all over the world. Lace embroidery has been the key theme running through the city’s history. Plauen was already the centre of the cloth making and cotton weaving trades in the 15th and 16th centuries. Hand embroidery was introduced in the 19th century, and this was extended to include embroidered tulle. Incidentally, this was the basis for the future success of Plauen lace. About 16,000 embroidery machines were in use in 1912, the heyday of the industry.