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.

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 in 2021, and will be held in Tartu (Estonia). The Congress allows lacemakers from all over the world to meet, exhibit their lace, exchange ideas and impart knowledge about their craft.

Between congresses members maintain contact with OIDFA and one another through a quarterly Bulletin containing articles and news. A further aspect of OIDFA is its Work and Study Groups, which conduct and publish research on lace topics with an international perspective. In our website you will find more about these activities, together with details of how OIDFA is run. And if you are considering joining the organization, you can find full details on the Membership page.

[Dress in Ljubljana City Museum featuring Idrija lace and laser-cut paper]


It is with great regret that the Executive Committee (EC) and the Estonian Congress Organising Committee (ECOC) have decided to cancel the 2020/21 Congress in Tartu.

On behalf of OIDFA, the EC would like to thank the members of the ECOC, Angelika Nöps, Aire Kattai, Priit Halberg, Ragne Lindstrom, Ave Talts, Kadri Tomasson and Tuuliki Vuks, for their dedicated hard work over the last six years to prepare for this Congress. None of us could have predicted that we would be experiencing a pandemic and that it would have such devastating effects on our lives and our plans.

Publicon will contact participants regarding refunds.

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