Burano: The Island Of Lace
Here’s a simple formula that will enhance your under- standing of Venetian crafts: Murano=glass; Burano=lace. Thus, whereas in Murano you’ll find glass shops lining the canals, in Burano, you’ll find shops and stalls with lace and linen. Back in the 16th century, Burano lace was the most sought after in Europe. Today, the tradition is alive and well, thanks to dedicated lacemakers.
Off the island, authentic Burano lace is not easy to find, so it’s worth the trek, about 45 minutes to an hour from the cruise passenger terminal.
At 492 Calle del Principe, you’ll find the shop of Lucia Costantini, who has made lace since she was a child. Born in Burano, she had the privilege of learning the old secrets of the art of needle-lace from the women in her family. It is hard to imagine anyone more committed to a craft than Lucia Costantini, and you will cer- tainly marvel at her handwork, which she performs like a well-executed choreography. For more information: +39 041 735 385.
Paola Cellini and Annabella Guardalben Ben- etti also work in the old Burano traditions, although neither make their home on Burano. They live in Padua, where they teach courses in embroidery and lace- making. For more information: http://www.dolciricami.it/ +39 339 857 8917