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 2021.

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 Congress Cancelled

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.

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.