Irish Crochet Lace Revival
Our project was developed in order to capture an untold story about a group of women in the outer Dublin village of Clondalkin, who helped to create Haute Couture outfits for the internationally renowned Irish fashion designer, Sybil Connolly in the 1950's and 1960's. We wanted to record some of the stories of the women who were involved and the recollections of their families in the hope of learning more about the development of Irish Crochet in Clondalkin.
The film produced for Heritage Week (which was in partnership with South Dublin County Council) is intended to be the beginning of a wider project to collect information from locals about the development of Irish Crochet in the area. In making this film, we found that there is a wealth of knowledge and stories in the community that we, as a group, want to learn and record. We have learned so much more about the development of Irish Crochet in Clondalkin by making this film.
The story of "crocheting the money" in Clondalkin has been largely forgotten and we wanted to preserve it while there were still people in the community who could tell us the story from their own recollections. It's a story that came around by chance - an Irish designer looking to collaborate with local women who had indigenous skills that could be exported. Sybil Connolly found her niche selling Irish products and designs, made by Irish hands. Now we have the stories from some of those hands.