Zaandam 2018

OIDFA Congresses have been held every two years since the first one in Le Puy-en-Velay in 1982. A special Lace Event was recently held in Zaandam, The Netherlands, and the next Congress will be in Tartu (Estonia) in 2020.

The formats of different Congresses vary, but there are always lectures on lace topics, and exhibitions of lace by member countries — especially the host nation — and by OIDFA Work and Study groups. Suppliers are on hand with lace and textile items from different countries, and there are generally trips to museums and places of local interest. The Congress also includes the General Assembly of the organization. Congress is usually preceded by three and a half-day workshops focussing on laces of the host country, and is followed by a five-day tour of the country, visiting places of particular interest to lacemakers.

Tartu 2020

19th OIDFA Congress: 31st July to 2nd August, 2020

There will be a competition with the theme ‘Fairy Tale’; closing date for entries: 30th April 2020.

Zaandam 2018

Gallery of Competition Prize-Winners

The theme of the competition at Zaandam was ‘Water — Land’. Below is a virtual gallery of the prize-winning entries (and of the prize-winning national stand). Click (or tap) on a thumbnail to start. Move from one image to the next using the direction arrows, arrow keys or by swiping (mobile). Click or tap on the ‘×’ to finish.


Gallery of Memories of Zaandam

A second virtual gallery presents photos from the Congress and Zaandam and surroundings. It works in the same way as the one above.