Though oblivious to most people, the lace curtains send out messages. At first glance they seem ugly, tacky, sometimes even barbaric, the textile equivalent to sauerkraut with bratwurst. But eventually you will start to love them. Because tackiness, when taken to extremes, can acquire a poetic dimension. The purpose of this "lace-curtain fashion show" is to delight the eye and to intrigue the mind. The 196 pictures in this collection are in reality proxy portraits of Berliners and their lifestyles. To those who will make it to Berlin, it's like an appetizer. To the majority who won't, it's the only chance to experience this wonderful example of textile poetry.