Image of women and girls
in relation to lace-making and marketing
In the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century, strictly conservative social norms applied. These also determined the image of girls and women of the time. Ideally, they had to demurely engage in various domestic trades. This explains why contemporary pictures show almost only girls and women doing lace work. Their success was attributed to the "female diligence in the trade", as it says in a report from 1899. Nevertheless, there is evidence that men were also active in this craft.