The International Bobbin and Needle Lace Organization

LACE has an appeal that is truly worldwide. Many lacemakers and lovers of lace belong to organizations that support and encourage the traditions of lacemaking in their own countries. OIDFA is different, indeed unique, in that it is an organization for lacemakers of different countries (currently over 35) with a focus that transcends nationality.

OIDFA’s activities reflect its international focus. The most obvious manifestation of this is the biennial Congress — Adelaide is currently hosting this event. The Congress allows lacemakers from all over the world to meet, exhibit their lace, exchange ideas and impart knowledge about their craft. Between congresses members maintain contact with OIDFA and one another through a quarterly Bulletin containing articles and news. A further aspect of OIDFA is its Work and Study Groups, which conduct and publish research on lace topics with an international perspective. In our website you will find more about these activities, together with details of how OIDFA is run. And if you are considering joining the organization, you can find full details on the Membership page.

[The lace illustrated, by Masako Furuya, won the “People’s Prize” at the Kobe Congress in 2010.]

Most recent updates

We have recently launched a new translation facility for bobbin lace terms. This can be accessed from the alphabetic icon in the right-hand column of each page. (Currently not available on smartphones.)

Version Française

translation facility