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Studio: international art — 36.1906

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Austrian Lace Schools

which shall be an art in itself, just as is the
chromo-xylography of Japan, and which, like
that art, shall not aim at the reproduction
of coloured drawings executed in other mediums.
It would be a great and laudable achievement
if any artist or body of artists could produce
a colour-print which might be sold for a
few shillings, and which should not be an
imitation oil - painting or water - colour but
should commend itself to the public by the
possession of qualities not otherwise to be
obtained. In any movement towards this end,
Mr. Cameron is a fitting man to take the lead,
for he would have a notion of the qualities
demanded for such a purpose and of the qualities
practicable.

W. B.

The state schools for

LACE-MAKING IN AUSTRIA.
BY A. S. LEVETUS.

In a recent number of The Studio the craft
schools or “ Fachschulen” which exist in all parts

of the Austrian dominions under the control
of the central government were dealt with generally.
In the present article it is proposed to deal with
those which have for their end the advancement
of the lace-making industry, which is almost entirely
carried on in the homes of the workers.

In many parts of the Austrian Crown Lands the
poorer inhabitants, who form the bulk of the
population, continue to be dependent, as they
have been from time immemorial, on the fruits of
their industry as carried on at home. There the
conditions are such as to make it practically
impossible for any other system of production to
develop. It will be seen, therefore, that the pro-
motion of home industries is of great importance to
Austria, both socially and economically—far more
so, perhaps, than in other lands. This fact is duly
recognised by the government, who by the establish-
ment of these “ Fachschulen ” and in other ways have
done much to foster and improve these industries.

It goes without saying that the schools devoted
to lace-making and embroidery stand on a different
footing to the other schools. In this industry the
workers are exclusively females, and there is,

AUSTRIAN CROCHET COLLAR

DESIGNED BY FRAULEIN HOFMANNINGER
EXECUTED IN VARIOUS SCHOOLS

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