Tulle: What is our love affair with this fascinating fabric.
Tulle pronounced Tool, takes its name from the French town of Tulle.
In the 1700 the French began to produce a fine knitted net using diagonal mesh.
In the late XIX centaury, the high society tailor Fredrick Worth created a veiled hat using tulle and ballet costumes featured tulle, becoming synonymous of course with the famous tutu, made up of many, many layers of gauzy tulle.
Later in Victorian England Queen Victoria wore a candid, filmy tulle-wedding gown and ever since it had been associated with weddings.
It should be noted however that the ancient Greeks also wore capes of a fine transparent material with an orange blossom arrangement. But the origins have been lost in the mists of time.
Tulle is of course also used in baptism’s, where veils are required and in religious events as decorations., transforming simple doors, Easter eggs etc into wonderfully mysterious pieces.
The veil has its origins in religion and marriage is a religious event, whatever your faith. In pagan times, nature was used in her fullest beauty, juxtaposing elements of plants with available fabrics.
Today we live in a modern all encompassing society and we are able to choose what we desire, we can create the fairytale we dream of.
Tulle is fantasy world, as in a dream, we can only partly see what’s underneath, we float in filmy gauze of imagination, we dance with the stars, we are princesses, and we are free. Every girl dreams of being a ballet dancer, those shoes, the tutu’s, the divine dreamy skirts, but for most it is only a wish. But we never stop wishing do we. Every time we see a catwalk model wearing tulle, we gasp, we want, we love, why, because we are all princesses and we all deserve to be one for the day.
Go ahead and choose your little piece of tulle.