Lace was born in the 16th century. At first mothers would teach their daughters to make bobbin lace; lace schools were soon opened everywhere. In Bruges there were various large lace schools, such as the Foereschool and the Apostoline Sisters’ lace school. If the teaching of lacemaking started out as a means of giving poor households the means of earning a living, over the centuries it evolved into preserving a unique pastime. However, lace and lace history are also particularly important for tourism in the town. The lace sector is still today one of the contributors to tourism to which the municipal authorities pay particular attention.