LACE has an appeal that is truly worldwide. Many lacemakers and lovers of lace belong to organisations 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 40) with a focus that transcends nationality.

“Lace added an extra dimension to my life – a life filled with friends, meetings with like-minded people, offering me opportunities for travel and adventure, opening up new directions, and providing multifaceted answers to the questions that interested me.” Bistra Pisancheva, Bulgaria


  • The deadline for receiving patterns extended!

    We kindly invite you to participate in creating patterns for the pattern folder for The 20th World Lace Congress 2023 of OIDFA, which will take place in Nova Gorica, Slovenia, and Gorizia, Italy, from the 4th to the 6th of August 2023, and virtually. You can find more information and a submission form here.

    The pattern could be your design, or a traditional pattern from your country which is free of copyright. Patterns published in the pattern folder will be chosen, from those received, by an independent jury. The jury’s decision is final.

    Quality drawn patterns (hand or digital) should be sent by April 30, 2023 to together with a good photo of the finished lace and a submission form.

    The pattern book will be available for purchase in printed and digital form. On-site Congress registered attendees will receive a free copy of the digital pattern book.

    Here are a few patterns received so far:

    Please share this invitation with your lace colleagues and anyone who may be interested. We look forward to receiving your patterns and meeting you at the Congress!

    Afrodita Hebar Kljun

    President of the on-site Congress Organizing Committee

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OIDFA’s activities reflect its international focus. The most obvious manifestation of this are the biennial Congresses, which have been held every two years since the first one in Le Puy-en-Velay in 1982. The next Congress is 4th–6th August, 2023, and will be a hybrid Congress held virtually and on-site in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) and Gorizia (Italy). See the Congress page for more details. The Congress allows lacemakers from all over the world to meet other people who have the same field of interest, to exhibit their lace works, to exchange ideas, and to transmit knowledge about their art.

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