PAG, 18 June 2019 – The 10th International Lace Festival will take place on the island of Pag from 20 – 23 June under the title ‘Lace, a fairy tale of threads’.
Over the three-day festival at a number of locations around the town of Pag there will be lace exhibitions, workshops, as well as concerts and cultural and klapa performances.
As well as traditional lace from Croatia, there will be a chance act the festival to see lace-making from the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Hungary, Switzerland and Slovenia.
Lace-making in Croatia is a tradition dating back to the Renaissance when lace making began spreading throughout the Mediterranean and continental Europe. Throughout the years, Croatian lace has become notable for its unique patterns and designs.
In 2009, UNESCO recognised lace-making in Croatia as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Today in Croatia there are three centres of lace-making tradition: the Adriatic islands of Pag and Hvar and the northern town of Lepoglava.
It is believed that the Pag lace takes its origin from the city of Mycenae. In the town of Pag, lace-making began in the late 15th century for the church liturgical vestments. Making lace was initiated by the Benedictine convent that had a school of lace. History remembers the time when women from Pag went to the court of Maria Theresa to make lace for her.
The festival is organised by the Pag Tourist Board, Grad Pag and the Frano Budak Lace Association. You can check out the festival programme on the link here.