The Mariée tradition has been rooted and driven by strong family ties since the 1990’s. In 2016, Jacqueline Sydnor became the owner of Mariée Lace Veils and continues to work closely with lace sources in Belgium. Jacqueline enjoys spending time educating the modern American world on the history and future of Belgian lace. Based in Charleston, SC she juggles her love of fashion, 3 VERY active boys, husband Cas, and her not so miniature Dachshund, Bear.
"I will continue to import as much lace as possible; knowing that this particular lace will soon be non existent. As a highly sought after craft, Princess lace is a true dying art, one that my grandchildren will only read about in history and fashion journals."
Jacqueline H. Sydnor
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WHY IS THIS AN IMPORTANT TRADITION?
Lace has always been a status symbol. In the past, it was such an expensive luxury item that only ladies from the noble class could afford to purchase it. At the end of the 19th century, there was a lace boom. Women of every class wanted to possess lace. As the demand for lace was exceptionally high, the commercialization of lace was necessary. Therefore, a new type of lace was introduced at the end of the 19th century in Belgium. It was called Princess lace. The introduction of this lace was an immediate success. Queen Maria-Hendrika was a dedicated fan of it, and the Belgian royals were so pleased that they granted the permission to call this Belgian lace Princess lace. In 1993, there were still 15 lace merchants who ordered lace makers to make Princess lace. But today, the number of Princess lace merchants and lace makers is decreasing, to only a few. Today Princess lace is a unique piece of art that, if passed down from generation to generation, will be treasured forever.