|My Buratto Cupid|
Buratto is thought to have developed in Italy in the early 16th century. The base for
buratto is a woven net, made upon a particular kind of loom by an experienced weaver, and is then embroidered. Lacis differs only from Buratto in the base, as it uses a netted mesh made with a netting needle one mesh at a time. The embroidery techniques are identical for both styles, and they are usually lumped together in lace history and technique books.
The first published buratto pattern book was written by an Italian named Alessandro Paganino, in 1527. Called simply Burato, it features four quatros (sections) ranging from blank mesh grids in various sizes (which were probably intended for the lacemaker to create her or his own designs) to geometrical patterns to much more complicated patterns for embroidering net. Buratto and filet were generally used for altar cloths, bed-cloths, table linens and wall hangings, and exceedingly rarely do we find it in clothing. Many extant pieces are square in nature and many squares could be joined to produce larger works, or were combined with whitework embroidery, needle lace, bobbin lace and other forms of embroidery.
|Paganino's 1527 Burato Cover|
|My Scholar's Projects at Gentle Arts 2018. Photo by Kimberly Grigg.|
A Late 16th Century Buratto Embroidered Lace
I am currently practicing more filet embroidery and plan to have some finished pieces by the end of the year.