During the nineteenth century, Tambour lace was a flourishing cottage industry in Coggeshall and its surrounding villages. The lace was created by hand embroidering on to machine-made net using a small hook. At its peak, nearly four hundred women and girls were employed making this lace, with Coggeshall dealers supply a wealthy clientele in London.
Join Sara Impey as she traces the history of Coggeshall Lace through its fluctuating fortunes, from its heyday in the 1850s to today. Sara will complement her talk by showing items from her beautiful tambour lace collection.