Get to know the beauty of handmade bobbin lace.

For over three centuries the skilful bobbin lacemakers from the Idrija region have been intertwining the snow white threads and passing their knowledge from one generation to the next. The lace was first made for decorating churches and liturgical attire as well as the homes and dresses of wealthier peasant families.

In 1876 the Lacemaking School was established in Idrija and it has been operating ever since. Over this period, the Idrija lace has developed its recognisable shape. The Idrija women, most of them miners’ wives, were paid poorly for making lace, yet this activity brought them some extra income, which is why they started doing this in large numbers.

Even today, bobbin lacemaking is a popular pastime among many women and children.

At Kendov Dvorec we are proud to present and preserve, with great respect, the rich tradition of our home land – folk heritage, culinary specialities and Idrija lace, which has been skilfully made from snow-white threads for many centuries now.

Discover the heritage of Idrija lace

Take a look at the bobbin lace masterpieces which were made by children and young people in their spare time, entailing a lot of work, effort, perseverance and precision. During the guided tour of the school with 140-years of tradition you have a chance to make bobbin lace and pick a piece of lace for yourself in the school shop.

The Idrija Municipal Museum, located in the magnificent Gewerkenegg Castle, hosts a permanent exhibition of Idrija lace. The exhibition tells the story of over 300-years of bobbin lacemaking heritage in Idrija and invites you to admire examples of the oldest lace and patterns to contemporary exhibits – fashionable evening dresses decorated with Idrija lace.

Idrija Lacemaking School
Studio Koder, Idrija
Vanda Shop, Idrija
Authorial Idrija lace made by Tina Koder, Ljubljana (in the photo)
Idrija Lace Studio, Ljubljana
and others.