How to Improve Ancient Handcraft: The Bobbin Lace

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 792)


Making an old handcraft in the same way since it already exists is a half way for killing it. A new style about it and a new perspective its necessary. Thinking on this important tradition characteristic, together with the local community from Peniche, in Portugal, we proposed new interventions and possibilities for renovated products.

Maintaining the real traditional technique and using the same instruments to make it, we proposed innovations by changing materials with the aim to produce new objects and renovated uses. With the application of the interventionist method, new products for different objects are proposed: cotton threads are abandoned and new materials to thread the bobbin lace are emerging. The traditional cotton towel is left behind, and contemporary products offer a renovated view on a traditional activity.


Innovation Bobbin lace New materials 



The authors of this paper wish to thank the Centre for Research in Architecture, Urbanism and Design (CIAUD) of the Lisbon School of Architecture of the University of Lisbon and FCT for founding this project. Thanks to Capes Brasil for supporting Isabel Bieger Ph.D. at University of Lisbon.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CIAUD, Faculty of ArchitectureUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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