Updated: FEBRUARY 15, 2015
Lace is a general term which describes any type of fabric made of yarn or thread woven in a delicate pattern, often with eyelet holes. Lace may be manufactured by hand or by machine, from natural fibers like cotton, linen, and silk, synthetic fibers, or even metal threads like fine copper or silver.
Lace is often used to make lingerie, doilies, curtains, and apparel items. It may also be used to embellish these goods.
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Lace generally has a soft finish, depending on the fiber used to make them.
Due to lace’s distinctive open weave, lace items including lingerie and women’s apparel items are often thought to be seductive garments. Lace lets the skin peek through without revealing the entire body, and the effect can be more erotic than actual nudity. For this reason, many people enjoy looking at others wearing lace or wearing it themselves.
When this interest becomes an obsession, it may be classed as a lace fetish. This fetish is reportedly common amongst cross-dressing males, who may wear lacy female undergarments because they enjoy the sensations of the fabric.
Lace is a delicate fabric, but it can be machine washed at 30 degrees. Washing lace products in a lingerie bag will help protect the fabric. Lace will also not withstand tumble-drying, dry-cleaning, bleaching, or ironing.