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The Idrija Lace School was founded in 1876. It is the largest and oldest lace school in the world, which has been operating continuously since its establishment.

Visitors and participants in education for children, youth and adults are made aware of the importance of preserving lacemaking knowledge and thus Idrija lace, which is an important part of Slovenia’s intangible cultural heritage.

At the Idrija Lace School, we teach lacemaking to children, young people and adults. We maintain the art of making bobbin Idrija lace, which has been a registered unit of the Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2013, managed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. Since 2018, it has been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity within the Unit Lacemaking in Slovenia.

From 1974 the Idrija Lace School has been working as part of the Secondary School Jurij Vega in Idrija. Since 1992 it has become a member of the international organization for needle and bobbin lace – OIDFA.

The head office of the school is in Idrija. The primary activity of the Idrija Lace School is the education of children in the area of lacemaking according to the curriculum of the Idrija Lace School for children, as well as for various aim groups of adult individuals. The departments of the Lace School for children operate in Idrija, Sp. Idrija, Cerkno, Ledine, Godovič, Črni Vrh nad Idrijo, Col, Podkraj and Vipava. About 400 children aged between 6 to 15 attend the school each year. Education in the lace school is their free time activity.

Various different forms of education for adults take place in Idrija and, depending on the popular demand, also in other places at home and abroad.

The school is active in the Slovenian as well as the European area, through various activities and projects we connect with the Slovenian and foreign lace makers and lace making centres.

Come visit us, try making lace, see the exhibition of timeless lace making masterpieces, which is visited annually by over 1000 visitors. You can buy quality products with Idrija lace with the geographical indication “Idrija lace”, books, patterns and other accessories and materials for making bobbin lace.

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