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21 February 2007
  Aire on through a G-String
Polish Lace Makers Hoping to Compose New Classics

AardbachI seriously doubt that Johann Sebastian Bach got himself into any trouble when he put together his Aire on a G String (this version from the Plasma Symphony Orchestra). The same cannot be said for lace makers in the Polish town of Koniaków, who, in an effort to boost lagging sales, decided to let air through their g-strings by hand crafting and selling lacy lingerie — some styles being quite revealing.

These days, it seems that most folks would hardly bat an eye if someone decided to start making and selling abbreviated briefs. Yet while the good folks of Koniaków have been doing this for a couple years, criticism continues from some villagers and from within parts of the Catholic Church.

Koniakow LaceYou see, it wasn't only tablecloths and napkins coming from this Silesian village. They have a long history of making church appointments such as altar cloths and have supplied priests' garments — even providing vestments for Pope John Paul II.

Mieczyslaw Kamieniarz, curator of Koniaków's lace museum, whose family has made lace for five generations, laments the changes. The BBC reports: "'We have made it for John Paul II ... for church altars. It's shameful and humiliating ... that this very same lace is being worn on people's backsides,' he said."

Koniakow LingerieWhile some church officials continue to be upset and some lace makers worry that they might be sinning by crafting eye-catching underwear, others in town have a more pragmatic approach. They claim that the traditional products weren't selling well enough to continue providing a livelihood.

Additionally, Malgorzata Stanaszek, who set up Koniaków's Koni-Art underwear business, noted that without the new products, offerings to the local parish would greatly diminish. IOL quotes her as saying, "[Our priest will] have to come to terms with it soon. The stringi are funding his contributions."

A random thought: Some women say they wear g-strings or thongs to avoid having their underwear show through their outer clothing. Does this mean that the lace makers of Koniaków are boosting their bottom line by reducing the bottom lines of others?

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Pastor,

back home, this is what we would call a cottage industry. LOL!

Lito
 
I wonder where I can get me some of THAT lace!
 
The gallery and online shop with these masterpieces on: koniakow.com
 
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