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Brussels' Museum of Costume and Lace is having an exhibition of the beautiful gossamer handwork called Brussels lace. These fragile works of art made the city's reputation. For almost four centuries Brussels lace was the ornament of princes and emperors, but in the 20th century changing life styles almost killed this great handicraft of refinement and patience. Fortunately, for the past few years Brussels lace has been having a revival, with modern techniques being applied to this ancient art. The revival coincides with renewed interest by the public.

The exhibition allows visitors to see how lace was created with bobbins or needles, how it was worn and used, and how it was sold. The exhibition is mostly Brussels lace, but some laces from other regions are also on display, both for comparison and to place Brussels lace in the context of the art.

The Brussels Museum of Costume and Lace is at 6 Rue de la Violette (near the Grand' Place) and is open from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. The exhibit runs through Nov. 15.

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