Lace and Crochet Embroidery of Goa

Crochet, tatting and lace making were introduced into Goa by the Portuguese nuns of the Santa Monica Church and Convent in 1606. Lace was made using a simple hooked needle to make the liturgical vestments like stoles, chasubles, albs and edgings for ritual use in the Church. Traditionally made by the women lace and crochet was evidence of their skill and used not only in the everyday but as part of ceremonial attire of the women too. Still practiced across Goa the skill is now put to commercial use providing employment to many women both in cooperative societies and in convents and is sold in stores, at local markets and exported Products include Cushion covers Tablecloths Coasters, Mats Door hangings Bed covers, Altar cloth, swimwear, linen, clothes, accessories, edgings etc

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