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Idrija is the oldest historically attested lacemaking center in Slovenia, and holds a prominent place among historical and modern lace centers in Europe. Throughout its history, a special type of lace developed here – Idrija lace, which is distinctive both in terms of technology and design. In the past, bobbin lacemaking was practiced primarily by miners' wives, as their earnings from the sale of lace accounted for an important part of the family budget. Today, bobbin lace is made everywhere by many a person. The craft is practiced in family circles, in the company of friends, and under the patronage of the Idrija Bobbin Lacemakers' Society or the Lace School. Lacemaking skills are handed down from generation to generation, while the Idrija Lace School, active since 1876, has invaluable merits for the preservation of these precious skills. The Idrija Municipal Museum is responsible for the preservation of lace heritage, and its promotion is the task of the annual Idrija Lace Festival.

The exhibition presents, through its impressive photographic materials, the environment in which Idrija lace originated and continues to thrive – the town of Idrija, whose heritage as the second largest mercury mine in the world is inscribed in UNESCO's List of World Heritage. It shows the historical development of Idrija lace and presents its creators – bobbin lace makers and, of course, their laces and products enriched with lace – timeless bobbin-lace masterpieces reflecting the skill, patience, precision and joy of bobbin lacemaking – virtues that are keeping its heritage alive. Special attention is devoted to the usage of lace in the past and present, as lace is still used to mark special occasions in our daily and festive lives.

When: Ongoing till December 16, 2016, open for the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Embassy of Slovenia, 2410 California Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Free admission; however guests must present an ID.

You can address all questions to: or call (202) 386-6621