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About our museum

Established in 2004, Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles is a legacy museum honoring textile artist and entrepreneur Kaethe Kliot (1930-2002).
           Now known as Lacis, the little textile emporium founded by Kaethe in 1965 operated as a haven for the burgeoning fiber arts community. It was a place of inspiration and ready encouragement, where she provided her support, imparted her wisdom, and generously lent her expertise to all.
           The collection of the Kliot laces and textiles represents 40 years of dedication to the preservation of the most exquisite in human handiwork. It includes thousands of specimens from pre-Columbian Peru, the finest from 17th c. European courts, and examples of machine laces exemplifying the 19th c. industrial revolution. An extensive library, focusing on lace, textiles and costume, includes over 10,000 items of books, patterns, articles, and other ephemera. Essential and ancillary tools of the textile craft include those for all varieties of lace-making, as well as encompassing an extensive collection of sewing machines.

Our purpose & objective is to:

Preserve the spirit of Lacis as a place of support, knowledge and encouragement for all in the textile arts

Preserve and maintain the lace and textile collections of Jules and Kaethe Kliot

Preserve lace and textiles across cultures and periods, the patterns and tools of creation, the objects of their purpose, and the literature associated with them

Provide a resource center for research and documentation of these objects

Provide and maintain a Museum Shop for generating financial support

Solicit volunteers to work with staff

Encourage interest in lace and textiles by providing professional services for conservation and restoration, as well as design and consultation services for costume and accessories as appropriate for period re-enactments and bridal occasions

To that end, we are commited to:

Supporting a permanent staff to oversee all operations

Presenting rotating exhibits drawn from the resources of the permanent collection

Hosting classes to encourage dissemination of the techniques and knowledge of the textile arts


LMLT is incorporated in California as a Public Benefit Corporation [501(C)(3)]. Our operations are supported by The Kliot Family Trust, monetary donations, donations of saleable items, classes and workshops, memberships, and proceeds from the Museum Shop.
     LMLT is always interested in acquiring items for the Museum collection, or for resale to support Museum activities, from individuals, estates and auctions. Preferred items are those related to the Museum focus (that is, Lace, Needlework, Textiles, Costumes and Costume Accessories).
     If you're interested in bestowing such an endowment to our permanent collection or the Museum Shop, please see our donation form here—and thank you for your support!


We're still working on compiling our press clippings, but for now, here are a few stories about us you can enjoy:

Finery, Aug. 2020GBACG NEWSLETTER / "Worn to Dance: A 1920s Fashion and Beading Exhibit at Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles"

The East Bay MonthlyCULTURE 1812 / "Three Quirky Berkeley Museums Engage the Senses of Smell, Sight, and Taste"

American DuchessBEHIND THE SCENES: Book signing event, April 2018

SF GateA LA MODE / "A secret world of lace, trim and buttons"

SFO MuseumLace: A Sumptuous History 1600s-1900s

Atlas Obscura"Buttons to beads, flounces to fripperies"

Smithsonian InstitutionMuseum Day venues

Needle Arts Magazine, Dec. 2010Embroidery exhibit review

Berkeley Daily Planet, April 2005ZELDA BRONSTEIN / "The Art That Saved the Irish From Starvation"

OSA Telegraph, Sept. 2016ART + MUSIC / "Tatting in the Lacis Museum"

Bay Area MGL, Feb. 2015ARIUKA YURY / "Turburam Sandagdorj: Mongolian Paper Cut Art Exhibition Kicks Off in Berkeley"

The Silk Mill, July 2021DIANE HELENTJARIS / "Lace: So Lovely There Was a Law Against It" (briefly mentioned)

Spaulding Concrete"Berkeley, California is blessed with some of the Bay Area's most fantastic museums..."

Toni's Vintage Trips, Oct. 2012"Treasures of the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles"

Roxanne Rodriguez Fashion Design, March 2017"A Trip to The Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles"

Fashion Historia, Sept. 2011HEATHER VAUGHAN LEE / "Knitted Lace of Estonia (Lacis Museum in Berkeley)"

In Our Collection

These are just a few of items in the permanent collection of the Lacis Museum.
          We invite you to view and enjoy them online, and we hope to add more items soon.

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