By  on June 16, 2009

CALAIS, France — A 19th-century red-brick former lace factory reopened here last week as a museum dedicated to the fabric it once produced.

Ribbon-cutting on the International City of Lace and Fashion took place June 11. It’s a landmark event for Calais, a town known as the “capital of lace” located in northern France’s Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, which has been a center for mechanically produced Leavers lace for almost two centuries. While some 30,000 locals earned their livelihood from the lace trade here at the turn of the 20th century, today around 1,500 people make a living from the dwindling industry.

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