Said in one sentence Chantilly (called “shadow” in French) is non-corded lace. The result: Chanitlly is the softest of laces and serves as the base of Alencon, or corded laces. A French lace is ALWAYS woven, never knitted — a difference that makes all the difference!
Chantily Lace has a fine net background with the pattern beautifully outlined with shadow effects.. The lace is coloured tone on tone with a combination of embroidered half stitches and whole stitches to create the effect of light and shadow and to further enhance the outline of the pattern. It has been made since the 17th Century in Chantily , north of Paris.