Alencon, lace with (Allensonian), patterned after Venetian needle lace, whose production developed in Alenaon (Normandy) w 2. half. 17th century. On the initiative of J.. B. Colberta, which was brought by. champions, a lace manufacturing workshop was established here (1665—75). In the 18th century. Alencon was one of the most important lace making centers in France, and these traditions have survived to this day (there is a lace making school here). Beg. made the so-called. french lace, (point of France), very similar to incl., with a convex plant pattern on a six-sided mesh background. They were mainly performed. made of very delicate white linen threads. Later, the type called. point dAlencon, characterized by a finer mesh, symmetrical composition and richness of ornamental motifs (flowers, baskets, lambrekiny, royal attributes, grotesque J. The last). Similar needle lace (related. also Allensonian) made in Argentan, Sedanie, Aurillac, Reims i Arras.