THE Work and Study Groups conduct research on a variety of topics related to bobbin or needle lace. The groups periodically provide articles for publication in the Bulletin, and the final results of their studies can sometimes be published in book form or as a folder containing patterns and working diagrams. Each group is provided with a stand during the OIDFA Congress to exhibit material and other interesting aspects of their research.
Groups that have completed their work have studied ‘Ghent lace with varied ground’, ‘Point Ground’, ‘Italian Folk Costumes’ and ‘Lace used on household linens in the Northern Netherlands’. Proposals for new Work or Study Groups may be made at any time. Currently active groups are summarized below.
Work Groups on Lace in Costumes
Lace is a decorative feature of many European folk costumes, and currently there are OIDFA work groups documenting this in two different countries.
OIDFA Work Group Lace in the Dutch Folk Costumes
President: Jantje Emmens
Lace in Dutch costumes is primarily used on caps. The group has studied several types of cap from different regions of The Netherlands, and have published books about the caps from West-Brabant, from Lunteren and environs, the Drenthe cap, the Volendam ‘Hul’, the ‘Toefmuts’ from Staphorst, and the caps of South Beveland.
OIDFA Work Group Lace in the German Folk Costumes
President: Marianne Stang
OIDFA Work Group: Russian Ceremonial Towels
President: Elena Gorbunova
This group will carry out a detailed study of the famous ceremonial towels that have been so prominent in Russian daily life. The lace lining these towels will be presented and explained in a book to be published in 2017.