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Idrija is home to the famous bobbin lace – Idrija Lace. When exactly and how the lacemaking in Idrija started, is unknown. It is presumed that the knowledge of this craft was either brought from the German or the Czech provinces more than three hundred years ago.

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  • We suggest:
    A purchase in the online shop ‘Darila z idrijsko čipko’
    Lace studios and shops with Idrija Lace and lacemaking equipment
    Visiting the Municipal museum Idrija
    Visiting Lace School Idrija
    Visiting the Interational Centre of Idrija Lace
    Visiting Idrija Lace Festival
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Idrija is home to the famous bobbin lace – Idrija Lace. When exactly and how the lacemaking in Idrija started, is unknown. It is presumed that the knowledge of this craft was either brought from the German or the Czech provinces more than three hundred years ago.

Many miners and mining experts were coming to work in Idrija Mercury Mine and brought their families with. At first the lace was made of rough flax thread and was mainly meant for use on the domestic market: to decorate churches and liturgical clothing, to decorate homes and clothes of rich people. The knowledge of lacemaking was passed on from generation to generation, from mothers to daughters. The demand for lace of high quality was growing and the first schools to improve and upgrade lace makers’ knowledge and thus the quality of lace were established. In Idrija Lace School Idrija was established in 1876 and it has operated continuously since then.

In this time period Idrija Lace developed to its recognisable style, the commonly used technique was making tape lace with seven pairs of bobbins. With these products vendors conquered foreign markets and were winning top awards at various world exhibitions. Through courses and schools that teachers from Idrija were working in, at the turn of the 19th into the 20th century lace making spread from Idrija to the nearby regions (Cerkno, Trnovski gozd forest, Selca, Poljane pri Škofji Loki).

Most women in Idrija were making lace at that time. Even though their payment was relatively poor, making lace still brought them a steady source of income. During the Italian occupation after 1920 the conditions on the lace markets changed – Idrija could only compete with a greater quantity of lace produced, which conditioned a simplified technique to be introduced, so that the lace were simpler to make (with five bobbin pairs only), cheaper and accessible to nearly everybody. The number of lacemakers in miners’ families after WWII started to decrease gradually. Lacemaking today is a popular activity for many a retired woman in Idrija. Some of them meet and advance their knowledge in different associations whereas some of them still make lace for sale.

For fashion designers, artists and other creative people Idrija Lace nowadays provides a great challenge. Their creations can be admired at the permanent exhibition ‘Idrija Lace – A History Written in Thread’ in Gewerkenegg Castle. On the market, Idrija Lace is recognised most easily by its geographical denomination Idrija Lace that only high quality products are granted. You will be astonished by the masterpieces made by diligent lace makers.

When in Idrija, don’t forget to buy a souvenir or a gift – for yourself and your nearest and dearest – buy the stunning Idrija lace. A really wide selection of lace is available in many lace shops and studios in Idrija as well as in Lace School Idrija.
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