How to Buy Italian Lace From the Island of Burano

The island of Burano is best known for its lacemaking industry.

Located in the Venetian lagoon and 40 minutes from the city of Venice by boat, the Italian island of Burano has been known for its lace techniques, designs and production since the 1500s. Today you can buy different items featuring Burano’s famous lace, including wedding dresses, napkins, tablecloths and handkerchiefs.

1 Know What You Are Buying

Real hand-made lace is an artisanal product that requires copious amounts of skill and time. However, on the island of Burano, throughout Italy and on the Internet you can find machine-manufactured lace in traditional Burano designs made in Asia. The machine-made copies cost less but they are not hand-made on Burano.

2 Buy Lace in Burano

On the island of Burano you can find specialty shops dedicated to the manufacture and sales of real hand-made Burano lace. Such shops include Martina and La Perla.

3 Buy Burano Lace Online

Some of the shops that sell real Burano lace in Burano now also offer their products online to customers around the world. You can buy different lace products at their online stores.

Sarah Rogers has been a professional writer since 2007. Her writing has appeared on Nile Guide, Spain Expat and Matador, as well as in “InMadrid.” She is also the author of “Living in Sunny Spain Made Easy.” Rogers often writes about living abroad and immigration law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and Spanish from San Francisco State University.