Mountain lacemakers set new record for ‘world’s largest’ lace doily

Measuring 5.32 metres in diameter, with a surface area of 22.2 square metres and requiring 61 kilometres of thread and fourth months to make, the giant doily beat the previous world record of 5m diameter. Michal_fotkuje

Traditional lacemakers from the Silesian Beskid mountains have broken an official Polish Record and made what seems to also be the world’s largest lace doily.

Measuring 5.32 metres in diameter, with a surface area of 22.2 square metres and requiring 61 kilometres of thread and fourth months to make, the giant doily beat the previous world record of 5m diameter, which was set in 2013, also by lacemakers from the town.

Containing 3,338 motifs, among them is the Polish eagle.Michal_fotkuje

Koniaków in southern Poland, is the most famous lacemaking centre in Poland and the globally renowned Koniaków lace, which uses a unique method called ‘heklowanie’, a traditional technique going back over 100 years, was added to UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage in 2017.

The main craftswomen of the doily were Zuzanna Ptak, a distinguished lacemaker from the town, her two daughters and her granddaughter, with help also received from friends, family and Ptak’s students.

The main craftswomen of the doily were Zuzanna Ptak, a distinguished lacemaker from the town, her two daughters and her granddaughter, with help also received from friends, family and Ptak’s students.Michal_fotkuje

The impressive and intricately crafted doily was presented at an official ceremony on the 16th of January where it was measured and confirmed as a Polish Record by Paulina Plezner from the Biuro Rekordów Polski (Office of Polish Records).

Lucyna Ligocka Kohut, president of Fundacja Koronki Koniakowskiej (Koniaków Lace Foundation), who was the coordinator and initiator of the world record attempt, said: “Although talking about lace has become a daily activity for me, the sight of this lace doily, that we have in front of us, makes me speechless.

The impressive and intricately crafted doily was presented at a ceremony on the 16th of January.Michal_fotkuje

“It inspires you to be silent and quietly admire its beauty. However in this historic moment, one can’t recall the history of this doily, the amazing artists who are behind its creation and the role it will play in the history of Koniaków lace.”

Containing 3,338 motifs, among them is the Polish eagle.

Koniaków in southern Poland, is the most famous lacemaking centre in Poland and the globally renowned Koniaków lace, which uses a unique method called ‘heklowanie’, a traditional technique going back over 100 years, was added to UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage in 2017.Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

Kohut added: “[The eagle] Is a hallmark of Ms Zuzanna Ptak. She has carried out this motif many times for various items.

“You could say it’s her hidden signature – alluding to her surname Ptak (bird)…At the same time it is a symbol of patriotism, a symbol of Poland with which Koniaków lace is associated.

Lucyna Ligocka Kohut, president of Fundacja Koronki Koniakowskiej (Koniaków Lace Foundation), who was the coordinator and initiator of the world record attempt, said: “The sight of this lace doily, that we have in front of us, makes me speechless. It inspires you to be silent and quietly admire its beauty. However in this historic moment, one can’t recall the history of this doily, the amazing artists who are behind its creation and the role it will play in the history of Koniaków lace.”Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

“The eagle means that wherever this lace is presented, it will be identified with the country in which it was created.”

The record-breaking Koniaków doily will now be flown to Dubai where it will be presented at the Polish Pavilion at the global EXPO 2020 trade fair.