These delicate porcelain figurines are made using a process, known as ‘lace draping’. This converts genuine fine lace and other fabrics into porcelain. The fabrics are saturated with fine quality porcelain slip, then hand draped and detailed before being fired at high temperature. This delicate hand process means that each figurine has its own unique features. The process is thought to have been developed in ancient China, where raw silk would have been used. However, probably the most well known example of the technique is that produced in Dresden from about the 18th century, known as Dresden Lace. Most Dresden figurines are finished with a glaze.