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


Virtual Congress 2024
Class session one – 15,18,22,25 July 2024
Class session two – 16,19,23,26 July 2024
Lectures – 20,27,28 July 2024
Be part of the international committee planning the event or for suggestions use the contact form on to send a message.

21st OIDFA World Lace Congress and General Assembly 2025
It is official!  OIDFA Congress 2025 will be held in Bulgaria – Karlovo & Kalofer
The Congress includes Bulgaria’s national lace festival on 15 August 2025 and continues with Congress, exhibits, lectures, events, and vendors 16-18 August 2025.
Classes 11-14 August 2025
Tour 19-23 August 2025
Details available soon on


  • Virtual Congress 2024

    The Virtual Congress is returning in 2024, the year between the on-site Congress events.  Classes and lectures from presenters and teachers from around the world will again be included on the schedule.

    Class session one – 15, 18, 22, 25 July 2024

    Class session two – 16, 19, 23, 26 July 2024

    Lectures – 20, 27, 28 July 2024

    Be part of the international committee planning the event. To join the committee or to make suggestions use the contact form on

    Watch the website for details

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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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