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 2020, 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.

OIDFA is for lacemakers of all ages, and has instituted a Young Lacemaker Grants Scheme. Details of the current grants and application forms (closing date 31st March 2020) are available for download.

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


Dear participant of the OIDFA 2020 Congress,

We understand that the current situation with the coronavirus is worrying, but based on the current available information, the situation is expected to improve significantly over the next couple of months. The organisers are monitoring the situation closely. At this point, there is no intention to cancel the OIDFA 2020 Congress and preparations are continuing on this basis. Please be assured that all health and safety measures will be implemented at the Congress including medical personnel being present at all events, hand-sanitiser points in the venues etc.

We will let everybody know immediately via e-mail, Facebook and the home page should there be any doubt about the event taking place from 27 July 27 to 6 August 2020. We are hoping to see you in Tartu, Estonia!

Take care and stay healthy!

OIDFA 2020 Congress Organising Committee