• Admission: $3 by appointment only
  • 2982 Adeline Street
  • Berkeley, California
  • Phone: 510-843-7290
Feb 15 2022
recurring event

Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles: The Bird in the Textile Arts

The bird in literature and on canvas has long held its place through all civilizations and all times. The bird captured in thread and textiles is more obscure and less defined. Whether depicted by a single thread, a bountiful palette of threads, a thread following a hook or threads flowing harmony from the bobbins of lace, the bird is captured by the hands of the creator.

This amazing presentation captures this spirit from Pre-Columbian Peru to the earliest of laces to a world of unbound wealth of thread, color, and needle.

About Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles

Established in 2004, Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles is a legacy museum honoring textile artist and entrepreneur KAETHE KLIOT (1930-2002). Now known as Lacis, the little textile emporium founded by Kaethe in 1965 operated as a haven for the burgeoning fiber arts community. It was a place of inspiration and ready encouragement, where she provided her support, imparted her wisdom, and generously lent her expertise to all. The collection of the Kliot laces and textiles represents 40 years of dedication to the preservation of the most exquisite in human handiwork. It includes thousands of specimens from pre-Columbian Peru, the finest from 17th c. European courts, and examples of machine laces exemplifying the 19th c. industrial revolution. An extensive library, focusing on lace, textiles and costume, includes over 10,000 items of books, patterns, articles, and other ephemera. Essential and ancillary tools of the textile craft include those for all varieties of lace-making, as well as encompassing an extensive collection of sewing machines.

Our purpose & objective is to:

  • Preserve the spirit of Lacis as a place of support, knowledge and encouragement for all in the textile arts
  • Preserve and maintain the lace and textile collections of Jules and Kaethe Kliot
  • Preserve lace and textiles across cultures and periods, the patterns and tools of creation, the objects of their purpose, and the literature associated with them
  • Provide a resource center for research and documentation of these objects
  • Provide and maintain a Museum Shop for generating financial support
  • Solicit volunteers to work with staff
  • Encourage interest in lace and textiles by providing professional services for conservation and restoration, as well as design and consultation services for costume and accessories as appropriate for period re-enactments and bridal occasions.
Upcoming Dates For This Event:
  • Saturday, July 2
  • Monday, July 4
  • Tuesday, July 5
  • Wednesday, July 6
  • Thursday, July 7
  • Friday, July 8
  • Saturday, July 9
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