The 4 World’s Museums of Lace (Croatia, Belgium and Slovenia)

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Lace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern, made by machine or by hand. Originally linen, silk, gold, or silver threads were used.
Lace fabric is a cloth that is taking up a consumer’s affection, especially female by a luxurious, delicate and exquisite appearance of the costume. With soft, thick, but not hot, this fabric always gives the user a pleasant, comfortable feeling. So, what is the lace fabric? The characteristic of the lace cloth and how to preserve it stars to ensure it is durable, avoid happening quickly tearing, broken. The share below will help you understand, have an overview of lace fabrics, how to protect and effectively use.
As research experts said, the actual lace fabric is a fabric that is combined from a variety of fabric fibers together by the iteration method, twisted or braided a strand to create vulnerabilities or gaps on the fabric surface. The unique point is the number of strands and the more knitting nose, and the lace cloth will be more durable and quality. Lace fabrics are usually woven from three main materials, cotton, silk and silk.
Lace fabrics are now widely used in various fields to create different products that meet market demand. With threaded material can be used in the garment industry as wedding gowns, skirts, accessories fashionable accessories or beautiful interior widgets.
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According to some research documents that showed the laces out from the end of the XV century, the early XVI century was associated with a fashion selling classic style. From there so far the laces were commonly used and more widespread in the countries of Spain, England, France but the most famous remained Belgian. It is therefore considered a cradle of lace material.
Currently, laces are used flexibly creating many different fashion products from lace fabrics combined with a variety of materials, patterns, designs… The products designed with lace are always brought to elegance, splendor, femininity, charm, and charm for the user.
Based on a lace technique that is divided into two main categories are the needle lace (needle lace) and lace rolls (bobbin lace).
-Lace Kim: For this type of woven needle weaving is quite simple mostly by a needle with sugar just incredibly dull. Hence this type of lace is quite stiff and crude, it is also known as the Renaissance lace.
-Threaded roll: Type lace roll is a high-grade lace; it is made from a lot of fibers that are only different in color. However, compared to the weaving phase it’s simpler than the needle lace very much.
Today, thanks to modern textile technology, which has been given a wide variety of new high-grade lace fabrics such as silk lace, cotton lace, rock lace, lace only and net lace fabric, floral lace.
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1. Museum of Lace (Lepoglava, Croatia)
• Ekomuzej Lepoglava, Hrvatskih pavlina 7, 42250 Lepoglava, Croatia
• +1 23-456-789
Eco-Museum of Lace and Lace-making, Lepoglava
The connection between the local and the global creates the wonders of which breath-taking is best evidenced by the tradition of lacemaking, which in Lepoglava records a hundred-year tradition. The art of intertwining is not a pan-European heritage, but it has reached such a level in Lepoglava that UNESCO has included it in the list of World Intangible Heritage.

By connecting the threads that bind Lepoglava to the world for the first time, we gave the phenomenon of lacemaking a decent treatment in us. The eco-museum of lace and lace-making Lepoglava expands its network from the documentation center through workshops and classrooms to the souvenir shop until the recognition of lace in nature and the International Lace Festival.
The eco-museum of lace and lace-making in Lepoglava celebrates and valorises the totality of the rich cultural heritage of the Lepoglava region in an interesting and accessible way, protecting and interpreting the traditional way of life in a contemporary way. The eco-museum’s visual identity refers to the sum of all aspects that are formed as one’s own consistent and distinctive lace experience in Lepoglava, extending through all means of communication inside and outside the eco-museum. The basic component of visual identity is based on the thread of thread that greets and directs the visitor: the thread is sometimes visible, sometimes invisible, at some moments becomes the main participant, in others it is signaling or decoration, but always directs visitors unequivocally through the external and internal components of the ecomuseum.

The eco-museum of lace and lace-making in Lepoglava addresses a wide range of visitors, and is certainly the most in love with and interested in this aspect of culture and art. In addition to a permanent exhibition that reveals the world of lace and lace-making, the eco-museum also provides a documentation center, a lace and textile restoration workshop, an education center, a fashion studio and a creative corner, a gallery for occasional exhibitions, a children’s lace museum, a multifunctional hall, a gift shop and a museum patisserie . In the exterior, the ecomuseum would include a lace children’s park, a lace garden, and lace routes designed to stroll through the landscape for visitors interested in nature tours along with the lace story. The eco-museum is also under the auspices of the International Lace Festival, traditionally held since 1997 as a project of the Lepoglava Tourist Board.

At the public tender in 2015, the City of Lepoglava selected the preliminary architectural and urban design for the future object of the Visitors Center, which will house the Lace and Lace Eco-Museum, Lepoglava.

2. The Gallery of Pag Lace (Pag island, Croatia)
The tradition of lace-making by needle-point has been nurtured in the town of Pag for centuries. Among the products of this special technique, Pag lace is the most valued and was thus registered in the UNESCO world heritage list in 2009. Lace follows the people of Pag throughout their lives, and like a single thread it symbolises the beauty and hardship of life on an island of stone and salt.
The Frane Budak Association of Pag Lace-Makers opened the Pag Lace Gallery in 1998 with the aim of preserving these valuable and unique handmade artefacts.
Visitors can see how Pag lace is made and relax among products of various lacemaking techniques that are true artworks produced by the skilful hands of Pag lace-makers. The rich display exhibits lace from various periods: replicas of Pag lace made after old Budak’s patterns, various textile items used in Pag households, pieces of garments worn by Pag residents throughout history, and the latest creations.
The stone edifice of the Rector’s Palace forms the backdrop against which old photographs of Pag lace-makers are on display with the lace, giving visitors a moment to appreciate the transience of our earthly existence, and of the eternity of cultural values that make the town of Pag so special.
Pag lace is a type of lace that is characterized by exceptional beauty of patterns and centuries-old tradition of making. The first records of Pag lace date from the 15th century and the way of making and patterns were passed from generation to generation.
At the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937, a lace from Pag island received a gold plaque as an extremely valuable handmade work, and Empress Maria Theresa held a lace from Pag in Vienna, which sewed lace for the needs of the court.
Even today women can be seen lace this beautiful handicraft along the thresholds of their homes in the narrow streets of Pag. In the very center of Pag (Petar Krešimir IV Square), there is also the Pag Lace Gallery.
The lace can be obtained from some of the better souvenir shops in the town of Pag, and it is also recommended to visit the Benedictine sisters from the monastery of Sv. The margaritas that were the main driver of lace making and the lace school in Pag. The monastery houses a collection of over a hundred exhibits that has been kept and collected for over 150 years.
– 1 May – 15 Oct: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
– 20 June – 1 Sept: 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
– By appointment in the rest of the year
– Contact number: +385 91 5340176

3. Museum of Lace Idrija, Slovenia
THERE’S A LACEMAKER I KNOW, HER LACE IS AS WHITE AS SNOW*– the Idrija Cinnabar Art Association exhibition*
“PRI GOLITU” gallery, Mestni trg 16
17–22 June: 4 PM–7 PM
The Idrija Lace Festival is dedicated to the traditional craft of lacemaking and is the largest international event in Idrija.

Contact us
Address: Mestni trg 2
Phone: 05 37 43 916

4. Museum of Lace (Bruges, Belgium)

 Address: Balstraat 16, 8000 Bruges, Belgium
 Telephon: +320 50 33 0072
 Fax: +320 50 33 04 17
 E-mail:
 Official web page:
 Working hours: 9.30 – 17.00, Sundays – closed
 Ticket price: adults – 6 Euro, from 12 to 25 years – 4 Euro, children under 12 – free
 Bruges and lace
 Lace was born in the 16th century. At first mothers would teach their daughters to make bobbin lace; lace schools were soon opened everywhere. In Bruges there were various large lace schools, such as the Foereschool and the Apostoline Sisters’ lace school. If the teaching of lacemaking started out as a means of giving poor households the means of earning a living, over the centuries it evolved into preserving a unique pastime. However, lace and lace history are also particularly important for tourism in the town. The lace sector is still today one of the contributors to tourism to which the municipal authorities pay particular attention.
 The Kantcentrum: thanks to the Apostoline Sisters
 The Kantcentrum originates in the Apostoline Sisters’ lace school. The nuns founded the Kantcentrum bzw (not-for-profit organisation) in 1970 in order to give new impetus to lace teaching. Two years later the not-for-profit organisation restarted the lace school. Meantime the sisters had disappeared from the organisation. In 2014 the Kantcentrum moved from the historic convent buildings on the Adornes estate into the Apostolines’ former lace school (on the same estate). The Kantcentrum now delivers lace courses, runs its own publishing house for books and lace patterns and organises lace workshops. It has brought out its own lace magazine in 4 languages since 1978 and organises lace teacher training. The Kantcentrum has evolved into a centre of excellence for lace in its widest sense which has a worldwide reputation.
 A fabulous introduction to lace as well as an even more interesting stop if you have an appreciation for the Textile arts.
You enter the exhibits through the Gift Shop (which sells hand-made lacework and supplies) to see a short but informative film and view the oldest piece of lace in the collection.
Following the introduction, many fine examples of work and detailed descriptions are on display plus a humbling computerized lace making experience.
Now that you have a greater appreciation for the craft, visit the last display room with additional sample drawers and enjoy the two very cute animated videos explaining the different lace legends.
Finally, don’t miss experiencing the lace making first hand-Ladies are on the premises 2:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. working their magic with thread.
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