OIDFA is for lacemakers of all ages and has instituted a Young Lacemaker Grant Scheme.
The 2023 Young Lacemaker Grant has been awarded to Layla Klinger. Congratulations!
A Study of Lacemaking in Bobowa
Bobowa, a small town in southern Poland, is one of the country’s “lace capitals”, where bobbin lace is still practiced today. Prior to World War II, a significant portion of the population was Jewish. However, as the Bobowa ghetto was established and later liquidated, no Jewish people remain in Bobowa today. A recent and first English-language research on Bobowa lace predominantly discusses the non-Jewish population’s lace production but leaves many questions on the role of the local Jewish community’s involvement in lace making. This grant will be used to travel to the town and visit its remaining Jewish sites, study the lace, and talk with local lacemakers – trying to find connections between Bobowa Jews and Bobowa lace.
The purpose of introducing a system of grant(s) is to enable young lacemakers, to achieve success in their chosen field of lace study and to further the knowledge and development of lace making.
OIDFA invites applications from young lacemakers each year the General Assembly meets (2023, 2025 etc.) who are interested in carrying out in-depth study into any aspect of lace making such as:
- lace history,
- lace traditions,
- lace techniques (traditional and contemporary),
- a comparative study of one type of lace or different types of laces,
- lace design by traditional methods or computer generated,
- lace in arts, design and architecture,
- or any other lace related subject.
To learn more about the grant scheme click here.