Pinterest How to take care of your asoebi lace. Lace fabrics are hand-woven or machine woven patterned fabrics. Woven from cotton, silk, linen or rayon; these fabrics are often delicate. Lace materials are everywhere in the world and in Nigeria, we have our Nigerian lace History of Lace Fabrics The late 15th century saw the existence of lace-making. By the late 16th century, lace had become dominant in fashion, home decoration and collar/cuff enhancements. Italy, France and Flanders became world leading lace-making arenas’. These European countries made and traded in different types of lace. However, until early 18th century, all laces were hand-woven. A man called ‘John Heathcoat’ invented a machine that could weave the background of lace clothing in 1809. Thereafter, Britain saw a rise in the use of lace in the mid 18th century. In 1840, the Queen of Britain, Queen Victoria got married in lace. She pioneered the use of lace for wedding ceremonies. Ever wondered why brides dress in lace for their weddings? Here, you have it! How to wash your lace fabrics Step one Hand wash lace in cool water using bar soap or light detergent. If you must wash in machine, place fabric in mesh lingerie bag, then gentle wash Step two While washing scrub gently as vigorous scrubbing will will affect the fabrid Step 3 Rinse well and gently squeeze to remove excess water Step 4 Air dry on light-weight hanger. Drying with machine? Dry under very low heat. Also don't dry with cloths that have zipper or buttons as they may dear your precious lace fabrics.