Saba

Spanish work

more than a year ago
Saba Lace, also known as Spanish Work, has a long and storied history. Centuries of skilled needlepoint, drawing and tying threads eventually evolved into its own industry. You can purchase a great variety of napkins, tablecloths, bun warmers, blouses, dresses and other practical or fashionable accessories all of which are made by hand in local Saban houses. Today lace is one of the island's most popular purchases, but in the 19th century the women of Saba taught themselves the Italian stitch, Sylvia's bee, the bias dice and the fly with crowns that form the basics of this unique island tradition. You can but this unique, yet practical souvenir at the following venues: Saba Lace Boutique (Hell's Gate, behind the church), Saba Lace Ladies (Windwardside, Eugenius Center) and Artisan Foundation (The Bottom).

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