The Work and Study Groups conduct research on a variety of topics related to bobbin or needle lace. The groups periodically provide articles for publication in the Bulletin, and the final results of their studies can sometimes be published in book form or as a folder containing patterns and working diagrams. Visit the Publication Page for details of books available. Each group is provided with a stand during the OIDFA Congress to exhibit material and other interesting aspects of their research.
Proposals for new Work or Study Groups may be made at any time. Currently active groups are listed below.
OIDFA Work Group Lace in the German Folk Costumes
President: Elda Gantner
This group has so far published books on lace in costumes from four regions of Germany: from the Schwalm, the Black Forest, Dachau and Hermannsberg (out of print).
OIDFA Work Group Lace in the Italian Folk Costumes
President: Alessandra Caputo
This group will carry out a detailed study of lace garments in Italian traditional costumes, starting with the collection in the National Museum of Folk Arts and Traditions in Rome.
OIDFA Work Group: Russian Ceremonial Towels
President: Elena Gorbunova
This group will carry out a detailed study of the famous ceremonial towels that have been so prominent in Russian daily life. The lace lining these towels will be presented and explained in a book to be published at a later date.