Lace Programme




Exhibition schedule during the festival:

June 17, from 7 PM to 9 PM

June 18 and 19: from 9 AM to 6 PM


Exhibitions included in Joint Idrija Lace ticket:



Central exhibition celebrating the 140th anniversary of Idrija Lace School

Idrija Municipal Museum, Idrija Lace School, Association of Idrija Lace Lace-makers, Association of Lace-makers Črni Vrh-Godovič and Lace-making Association Marjetica Cerkno

Idrija Municipal Museum, Gewerkenegg Castel, Nikolaj Pirnat Exhibition hall, Prelovčeva 9

June 17: 7 PM–9 PM

June 18–December 31: 9 AM–6 PM

Let us open an album full of old black-and-white photos and watch 19th century Idrija come alive before our eyes. We first notice images of people – miners and their wives, merchants, teachers, clerks, ladies with hats carrying parasols – who were the lifeblood of this imperial-royal mining town. What connects us with this time we did not live in? The Idrija lace with its beauty, tenderness, timelessness. 



Exhibition of the Luserna Lace School (Trentino – Alto Adige, Italy)

Small Gallery, Gewerkenegg Castel, Prelovčeva 9

June 17: 7 PM–9 PM

June 18–August 31: 9 AM–6 PM

The exhibition presents Luserna, a little village in the mountain (Trentino Alto Adige, Italy) and its lace school, founded in 1883 as a branch of Proves school (South Tyrol, Italy). It illustrates the history of Luserna lace school through documents, photos, patterns, and laces.

In 1876 the teacher Johanna Ferjančič and her sister Antonia from Idrija went to Proves in order to teach their lace-making technique, later this so-called Idrija lacemaking technique was taught in all branches and also in Luserna. The activity of Luserna lace school continued for more than thirty years, but the school was closed after the First World War, when the village became part of the Kingdom of Italy. Since 1996 the Kulturinstitut of Luserna organises courses to learn the basic stitches and the techniques for recreating the ancient patterns.



Annual exhibition of Idrija laces made by children and young lace-makers at Idrija Lace School

Idrija Lace School, Prelovčeva 2

June 17: 7 PM–9 PM

June 18–July 3: 9 AM–6 PM

July 4–August 31: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9 AM–3 PM and Wednesday 9 AM–7 PM

Closed on Sundays and holidays.

* Idrija Lace School exhibitions opening: Thursday, June 16 at 6 PM

Every year, over 400 children and youth are enrolled into Idrija Lace School. They use their free time to make Idrija lace. Every year for 140 years, the story begins anew. Only the traditional basic skills remain constant and every new generation is a variable that keeps us going.

This year for the 11th time, the visitors can vote for the most beautiful lace at the exhibition. You can vote from June 17 to 2 PM on June 19. At 3 PM, we will publish the results and award the chosen lace maker and a randomly drawn voter.



Exhibition of Idrija laces made by the students of the adult programme of Idrija Lace School

Idrija Lace School, Prelovčeva 2

June 17: 7 PM–9 PM

June 18–July 3: 9 AM–6 PM

* Idrija Lace School exhibitions opening: Thursday, June 16 at 6 PM

The first generation of adult lace-makers enrolled into the Idrija Lace School adult programme in 2005. Regardless of their prior knowledge, all students start with the basic twisting and crossing of the threads, familiarise themselves with the international colour code system for lace-making, and then continue to work on topics from the learning plan at their own speed. The exhibition shows an overview of the techniques and elements of Idrija laces used by the students of the lace-making school for adults.


Exhibition of Idrija laces made by students in the final year at Idrija Lace School

St. Barbara Gallery – under Mestni trg

June 17: 7 PM–9 PM

June 18–July 3: 9 AM–6 PM

* Idrija Lace School exhibitions opening: Thursday, June 16 at 6 PM

A retrospective of the Idrija bobbin laces, true works of art made by students in the final year of Idrija Lace School in the last few years. This lace, made by young lace-makers, is material proof that the craft of making Idrija lace still remains part of the live heritage. The exhibition is completed with the portraits of the young lace-makers, their contemplations, and views of lace-making.



Exhibition of the Association of Idrija Lace-makers – sections from Idrija, Dol, and Ledina – and Art Association Cinober

Gallery above the Town Library, Ulica sv. Barbare 4-5

June 17: 7 PM–9 PM

June 18–July 3: 9 AM–6 PM

* Exhibition opening: Wednesday, June 15 at 6 PM

In the past and in some parts even today the skills of lace-making pass from one generation to the next. Many lace-makers learned the first techniques from their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, or neighbours, and only later built upon these skills at the Lace School. The transfer and intertwining of knowledge between generations is the focus of this year’s exhibition, prepared in collaboration between the artists of the Art Association Cinober Idrija and the lace-makers of the Association of Idrija Lace-makers, Idrija section. The exhibited paintings underline the hundreds of years of transfer of lace-making skills between generations, the process of learning and improving with the help of professionals at the lace school, and the final result of it all – refined Idrija laces made by lace-makers from Idrija.



Bobbin lace for bed linen. Exhibition of the Association of Idrija Lace-makers – Section from Spodnja Idrija

International centre of Idrija Lace, Prelovčeva 2

June 17: 9 AM–6 PM

June 18–July 3: 9 AM–6 PM

* Exhibition opening: Thursday, June 16 at 5 PM

The original motives of bobbin laces from the lace shopping catalogues of Spitzen Muster Buch des Franz Lapajne 1905 by the company of the same name, which was the main lace merchant in Idrija at the end of the 19th century, inspired contemporary lace-makers to bring back to life the artistic value of these old patterns. Modernised and adapted patterns for non-continuous metre tape bobbin laces are laid out in a symmetrical and harmonious composition which encourages us to strive for balance, an intrinsic yearning of every individual.

The compound Filometrics.1905 comes from: filo – love, affection, adoration; it. – thread, yarn andmetric –  doctrine of verse combination, doctrine of rhythm; function expressing the distance between elements.



Exhibition by students of the Chair of textile design, Textile Department of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering in Ljubljana

International centre of Idrija Lace, Prelovčeva 2

June 17: 7 PM–9 PM

June 18–July 3: 9 AM–6 PM

* Exhibition opening: Thursday, June 16 at 5 PM

To honour this important anniversary of lace-making in Idrija, the students of textile design at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering under the mentorship of Prof. Marjeta Godler and Prof. Marija Jenko created unique works inspired by meditations on transparency. Tina Gorkič’s portraits of miners revealed the contrast between the cheerful life force and hidden exhaustion reflected in their faces. Dejan Petrović turned to surrealism in order to depict the magnificence of lace in his clothing. Sabina Oprešnik transformed the celebration into a silver lace dish, which symbolises offerings.


First year students used their talents to draw the typical elements of Idrija laces, exquisitely realised by lace-makers Mira Guzelj, Marta Logar, Milena Kalan, Marija Kosmač, Marija Novak Boškovič, Albina Štucin, Silvestra Peternelj, Anastazija Mikuž and Vera Velikajne.


Permanent exhibition of the Idrija Municipal Museum

Idrija Municipal Museum, Gewerkenegg Castle, Prelovčeva 9

Every day from 9 AM to 6 PM

Idrija is known in Slovenia and in the world as the centre of bobbin lace-making. The oldest known written document about this craft in Slovenia is from 1696 and it mentions laces from Idrija. Just like quicksilver from Idrija used to be sent abroad, so too were Idrija laces – to be sold so as to bring additional earnings to miner’s families. In Slovenia, they were used to decorate church accessories and liturgical clothes. In the 19th century, wealthy bourgeoisie started using the beautiful Idrija laces to decorate their dresses and apartments.





Sunday, June 19, at 11 AM: parade from Idrija Lace School to the square Trg Sv. Ahaca

Announcement of results at 3 PM at Trg Sv. Ahaca

Sunday, June 19, at 11 AM

Children qualified for the national competition based on the results of school competitions. Adults are invited to apply for the competition. You can choose between making Idrija tape or broad tape. You can apply until June 17, 2016, at Idrija Lace School, Prelovčeva 2, 5280 Idrija, via or by phone on +3865 37 34 570. 


Presentation of a manual on Idrija tape

Idrija Lace School, Prelovčeva 2

June 18: 8:30 AM–9:30 AM

For an inspiring beginning to the day, we will start the festival on Saturday with morning coffee at Idrija Lace School and a presentation of a new lace-making manual Idrija lace – Idrija tape. You are invited to join us for a presentation of the content of the manual – lace patterns and plans with additional explanations and photographs of lace and their details.  

Only at the presentation will you be able to buy the manual at a discounted price.



Idrija Lace School, Prelovčeva 2

June 18: 9:30 AM–1 PM

At this year’s lace-making workshop for adults you will make a bobbin lace gift that will delight a child who holds a special place in your heart. You will make an apron for a doll following a pattern available in two levels of difficulty. 

To participate in the workshop, you have to apply in advance. Application and additional information available at Idrija Lace School, via phone +3865 37 34 570 or e-mail We will accept applications until the places are taken or until June 15, 2016, at the latest. 


Idrija Public Library space in the Idrija Gallery Underpass

June 17: 7 PM–9 PM

June 18–June 30: 9 AM–6 PM

Most countries where lace making is a traditional craft realised long ago that promoting this noble skill via postal stationery – stamps, was one of the cheapest ways of promotion. In many places lace-making is so appreciated that lace-makers are immortalised in statues and memorial plaques. We can find lace-making depicted on banknotes, coins, and other materials.

This exhibition shows laces in all possible shapes and forms, on stamps, first day covers, maximum cards, postcards, banknotes, coins, badges, beer coasters, serviettes, leaflets, phone cards, etc.