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Tønderkniplinger is a continuous lace of motifs on a tulle or point d’esprit ground from the Sønderjylland area (Schleswig) of Denmark. Tønder Lace could said to have three iterations. The first, influenced by Binche lace, the second in a Arras style, then finally what we associate with Tønder Lace today. Tønderkniplinger/ Tønderske Kniplinger is a ‘point ground’ lace or ‘tulle’ and is similar to english Buckinghamshire and Lille Lace from France.  What distinguishes Tønder lace is the gimp which surrounds the motifs and this emphasises the pattern, tallies in the point ground and the picot edge. Changes in fashion, the invention of machines to make lace and the disastrous war of 1864 when Sønderjylland came under German control could all said to be contributory factors in the decline of Tønder Lace. An exhibition at the Kunstindustriemuseet in 1908 and Emill Hannover’s (1864 – 1923) book Tønderske Kniplinger helped to revive interest in Tønder lace. In 1920 the revival began in earnest when people sought to discover what where the Danish traditions  in Sønderjylland. Ladies circles were formed to learn the old techniques. In 1985 Knipling i Danmark was formed. The techniques used in Tønder lace lend themselves to reinterpretation for a contemporary audience in a technique which could be described as ‘irregular tulle’.