Folks often wonder whether there is a strict code about which colour to wear, but I think it is very much a matter of personal choice. There is a tendency for young girls and unmarried young women to wear white, and older/married women to wear black, but there are no hard and fast rules, and there's no reason why you can't decide to wear whichever colour suits you best. Some people like to wear black in winter and white in spring - it's up to you! Some ladies like to wear different colours to match the liturgical feasts and seasons - eg. purple for Lent or Advent, blue in honour of Our Blessed Mother, etc. I have also been asked to make several veils in a chocolate brown colour, which look quite lovely. I'm always experimenting with designs, so there will be others on the way! (And see other examples posted on the blog too.)
People frequently request cotton lace mantillas. It is quite hard to find a cotton lace fabric (nigh on impossible) and if it is 100% cotton it will usually be very thick and heavy. (A fine cotton lace would cost far too much per metre for most people's purses!) However, I do try and find laces that have a high cotton content, or use cotton lace edging when I can.
I do make veils for special occasions too, using more expensive lace edging. Just email for prices; don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss what you would like - my email is in the "About Me" section at the top of the side-bar.
Here are some examples of the mantillas I currently have in stock, or can be made up upon request.
Corded lace with a cotton lace edging
|Soft delicate lace with a guipure lace edging.|
|Lovely heavy soft and drapey lace - good for winter!|
Luxurious corded lace
with a delicate cotton lace edging
Oval shaped, with narrow edging lace.
|Swiss dot, large shawl-type, with|
Cotton lace edging all round £20.00
|Large shawl-type, with a simple edge-finish.|
Very lightweight lace, drapes beautifully.
Small Soft White Lace with a guipure lace edging.
|This can also be made in ivory and black.|
|A lovely quality soft lace,|
with cotton lace trim.
|Back view of Rebecca's Veil.|
Lovely corded lace with a cotton lace edging.
|Half-moon shaped. (same price)|
|A light weight medium sized veil |
with a cotton lace trim.
|Perfect for singing in the choir!|
This can also be made in black.
|Beautiful chocolate brown Mantilla with delicate cotton lace edging.|
Jagoda's Lovely Marian
|Royal blue, very soft lace. £27.50|
|Medium sized Ivory Lace Mantilla (20 1/2 ins)|
(Close up of lace, below)
Large soft lace one for mum, (£27.50) - being modelled below,
and a small robust cotton
|Small, semi-circular, with scalloped front ££8.00|
|Sabina modelling the small semi-circular|
veil with scalloped front