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Bruges, Belgium - Art of Lace Making

Bruges, Belgium - Art of Lace Making

The video shows the ancient and precious art of lace making in Belgium, especially in the Flanders.

The origins of the art are dated back to the Renaissance but hundreds of craftswomen still work in Bruges nowadays. It is a very precise and slow process that requires hundreds of pins and a lot of patience.

Today, Belgian lace is sold as a souvenir, but its quality remains that of the time. 


  Country:  Bruges, Belgium

  Category:  Textile


Demonstration of TOURROULAGE

Demonstration of TOURROULAGE

The video shows the technique of “tourroulage” used by Belgian artisans in order to create items with pottery, such as vases of different shapes and size. The technique consists in using few instruments, shaping the pottery only with hands and fingers. 

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Glass, ceramic and pottery


Diamond Cutting and Polishing Factory

Diamond Cutting and Polishing Factory

The video shows a small diamond cutting workshop in the famous street of diamonds of Antwerp. Only small and medium-sized diamonds are cut in Antwerp. The artisans cut the diamonds with great precision: the particular ?hearts and arrows? cut is the most requested. They use specific and small instruments and technology too. 

  Country:  Antwerp, Belgium

  Category:  Jewellery


Forging handmade front horse shoe Belgian style

Forging handmade front horse shoe Belgian style

The video shows the realisation of a handmade horseshoe. The artisans work the iron when it is still hot, with hammer and other tools, giving the shape of the horseshoe.

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Metal and ironwork


Handmade wooden mushroom - souvenir from Belgium

Handmade wooden mushroom - souvenir from Belgium

The video shows the realisation of a wooden mushroom-souvenir made by an artisan with ancient instrument. He works and sands the wood, giving the shape of the mushroom.

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Wood


Hergé Drawing Tintin

Hergé Drawing Tintin

A cartoon is a type of illustration, possibly animated, typically in a non-realistic or semi-realistic style.

The video shows the famous Belgian cartoonist Hergé, drawing his most known character: Tintin. The cartoon has become famous all over the world for its adventures and it is considered one of the most important cartoon of the 20th century. The series used traditional animation techniques and adhered closely to the original books, going so far as to transpose some frames from the original books directly to screen. 

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Others


Leather work made in Belgium

Leather work made in Belgium

The video shows the technique used to work the leather. First of all, the leather is cut in order to give the right shape; then it is painted; finally, the last finishing touches are made. The video shows the creation of a leather belt.

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Fur and skin


Manifacturing of Chaumy Drums

Manifacturing of Chaumy Drums

The video shows the manufacturing of a drum. The artisan works first the external structure of the drum, giving the right shape. Then, he uses the cords to tie the internal part of the drum. 

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Musical instruments


Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis

The video shows the technique used by a Belgian artisan to produce a handmade copy of the Manneken Pis. The artisan works the iron, reproducing a perfect copy of the icon statue.

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Metal and ironwork


Manufacturing of Gille Masks

Manufacturing of Gille Masks

The Binche Carnival is the most famous carnival event in Belgium. There is evidence of Binche Carnival since 1395, when people used to meet around a bonfire the day of Marti Gras to celebrate the winter’s end, but the Carnival as we know it today goes back to 1500. The traditional character is the “Gille”, a peasant mask, worn by everyone in Marti Gras and that costume is totally handmade. In the video there is an example of the manufacturing of Gille masks. The artisan explains that he uses the basic mold in order to give the mask the right form. Then, he paints on the masks the typical moustache and the glasses. 

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Glass, ceramic and pottery


Philippe Wolfers, orfèvre

Philippe Wolfers, orfèvre

The video shows some of the creation made by Philippe Wolfers, in one of the most important and ancient jeweller of Belgium.

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Jewellery


Restoration project: antique garden bench

Restoration project: antique garden bench

The video shows the realisation of a typical Belgian garden bench by a woodworker. Firstly, he works and sands the wood with precision. Then, he puts together the two pieces of wood with the legs of the bench, which are made with cast-iron. Finally, he varnishes the bench. 

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Wood


Rooflight of Maison Losseau

Rooflight of Maison Losseau

The video shows an artisan in charge of renovating the ancient rooflight of the Maison Losseau

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Others


Sharpening with Belgian Blue Stone

Sharpening with Belgian Blue Stone

The video shows the act of sharpening with a Belgian blue stone, considered one the best tools to sharpen knives. 

  Country:  

  Category:  Marble, stone and plaster


The costume of Gille de Binche

The costume of Gille de Binche

The video shows the creation of the carnival costume of Gille, very popular character of the carnival of Binche. The costume is made with linen and it is composed of a blouse and pants. It is decorated with the emblems and the colours of Belgian flag. The most important part of the costume is the hat, made entirely with big feathers, put together one by one by artisans. 

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Fur and skin


The glass blowing art

The glass blowing art

The art of glass blowing was first discovered in the Middle East along the Phoenician coast in 20 B.C. This new technique changed the use of glass from jewelry and ornaments to necessities. 

Glass blowing of vases and art objects is still done in basically the same way as it was originally done. Glass blowers dip in a iron pipe in the melt and roll a small amount of molten glass on the end. Then they roll the molten glass against a paddle or metal plate to give it an initial shape. Blowing into the pipe they create a bubble and with wooden paddles with holes and wet newspapers they shape the glass. Shears can be used to cut the softened glass. Additional melted glass can be applied and shaped into stems, handles, and other decorative artwork. The hot piece of glassware can be dipped into molten glass of a contrasting color. Glass of all types can be colored by the addition of metals, metal oxides or other compounds to the melt.

  Country:  Europe

  Category:  Glass, ceramic and pottery


The little branches of Gille

The little branches of Gille

The Binche Carnival is the most famous carnival event in Belgium. There is evidence of Binche Carnival since 1395, when people used to meet around a bonfire the day of Marti Gras to celebrate the winter’s end, but the Carnival as we know it today goes back to 1500. 

The traditional character is the “Gille”, a peasant mask, worn by everyone in Marti Gras and that costume is totally handmade.

The video shows the creation of the little branches that are part of the costume of Gille. The artisan in the video explains that he first decides which branches he wants to use. Then, he puts together the branches in order to form a little bunch. The artisan explain that the branches are an essential accessory for the character of Gille.

  Country:  

  Category:  Vegetable fibres


The Polishing and Shining Marble Black Belgium design by Emanuele Rubini sculptor

The Polishing and Shining Marble Black Belgium design by Emanuele Rubini sculptor

The video shows the work of the sculptor Emanuele Rubini. His work consists in breaking a big piece of black marble with the hammer in order to obtain the perfect block of marble he needs for the sculpture. Then, he works and shapes the marble with specific instrument. The final step of the work consists in polishing and shining the marble.

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Marble, stone and plaster


WEB of Europe tapestry: Maria Almanza is weaving her piece

WEB of Europe tapestry: Maria Almanza is weaving her piece

The video shows the technique used to create a piece of typical Belgian tapestry. 

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Textile


Yamaha Saxophones Factory Tour

Yamaha Saxophones Factory Tour

Inside a Belgian Saxophones Factory, the video shows the manufacturing of saxophones. The saxophone was invented by the Belgian Adolphe Sax, from which the instrument took its name. The material used for the cladding of the saxophone is the brass. The saxophone is finally decorated and polished.

  Country:  Belgium

  Category:  Musical instruments