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18th International Festival of Lace Opens in Lepoglava

CroatiaThe 18th International Festival of Lace gets underway today in the northern town of Lepoglava…

This year’s festival will be dedicated to lace as jewellery and guest will be able to witness traditional Croatian lace making from the islands of Rab and Hvar, Split, Čakovec, Sikirevci Križevac, as well as from Hungary, Slovenia, Poland and Belgium.

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. The festival closes on 21 September.

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