|The Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles
) founded in Berkeley California by Jules Kliot in 2005 has one of the largest private lace and textile collections in the United States.
The collection of the Kliot laces and textiles represents 40 years of dedication to the preservation of the finest of human handiwork. The collection includes thousands of specimens from pre-Columbian Peru, the finest from the 17th c. European courts and examples of the machine laces exemplifying the 19th c. industrial revolution.
The museum has an extensive library, focusing on lace, textiles and costume includes over 10,000 items of books, patterns, articles and other ephemera.
One of our first and most daunting projects as a museum has been cataloging the Kliot collection. We started by setting up a database program designed in house and using digital cameras and scanners to capture images of the collection. Because of the delicate nature of the collection capturing quality images was critical for historical, educational and preservation purposes.
Our ultimate goal is to put our entire collection online as a free resource for all to use for educational and research purposes as well as to share the beauty of some of the finest handwork ever created by man or should I say woman.