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Exhibition “Un mar de tul. El ret fi o la punta d’Arenys (A sea of netting. Ret fi or Arenys lace)” Photo by Museu d'Arenys de Mar.

Exhibition “Un mar de tul. El ret fi o la punta d’Arenys (A sea of netting. Ret fi or Arenys lace)” Photo by Museu d'Arenys de Mar.

Un mar de tul. El ret fi o la punta d’Arenys (A sea of netting. Ret fi or Arenys lace)

What for nearly two centuries was a luxury product, a lavishly expensive art form, today is found behind glass in museums, unused in sacristies or tucked away in household drawers, or undervalued and devalued on the antiques market. Despite having lost value and function, ret fi or Arenys lace is still part of our historical and cultural heritage, a symbol of our identity, testimony of how people lived and worked; of all the hands who wove it, anonymous and poor; those who sold it, and traded in it; and those, very few, who could afford to buy it.

Un mar de tul. El ret fi o la punta d’Arenys (A sea of netting. Ret fi or Arenys lace) aims to take you into the technical, artistic, social and economic aspects behind this type of lace, a historical and artisan document that is still living, that, although not well known or widely studied, reaffirms Catalonia’s place among the leading producers of lace in Europe.

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