Lace was very important in Croatia. Lace was a status symbol, it showed someone’s richness, origin, skill, and heritage. Just because of that in Croatia there are many different lace technics and designs. Moreover, one of these, Lepoglava Lace is at the UNESCO World Heritage List. Now, it’s a great opportunity to attend the 5th International Lace Exhibition will take place till 2nd June 2019, in Ozalj County Museum. Twelve different exhibitors, eight domestic and two foreign lace centers, will meet this year in Ozalj.
Some of the famous lace technics that you will be able to enjoy are:
Čunčana Lace from Križevci
„Čunčanje“ is a technique in which the thread is tied to a series of decorative knots.
The legend says that „čunčana“ lace was created on boats because its design reminds of the fishing net. During their long sailing, the sailors made different ornaments for their women and girls who would bring them as a gift on the return journey.
Primošten Lace is a sewn lace. It is made of a regular sewing needle and a white cotton knot on hard paper, which, during work, is fixed on a pad. When the lace is finished, it is removed from the paper and put in or on clothing items, initially on ceremonial women’s blouse and scarf.
Sisters from the monastery of St. Margarite, the creators, and teachers who designed and developed lace making in Pag.
The Pag women, who have been taught the art of lace making, were later applying it to decorate their traditional clothing and making various items for themselves or for sale.
Hvar (Agava) Lace
The Benedictinian monastery in Hvar is famous all over the world by the agave lace, which is cherished in the monastery, traditionally from 100 to 130 years ago and goes from generation to generation.
The work of preparing agave threads is painful. Threads are drawn from the fresh leaves and processed in a specific way until they are ready for use.
Lepoglava lace at the world exhibitions won the gold medal in Paris in 1937 and in Berlin in 1939 bronze medal, and thanks to the lacework, teacher, and designer Danica Brossler. Recently, Lepoglava lace has been awarded the first prize in Vologda – Russia, with the biggest prize being awarded in 2009 by incorporating the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Sikirevački Motiv is a stitched lace, made with a regular sewing needle on a pre-fabricated mesh that is either tensed in a circle or quadruple and criss-cross in the center so that they look like sun rays or wheel spokes.
A teacher in Primary School in the village of Sveta Marija managed to renew the local traditional lacework after the pause of 55 years and to put it in the company of already affirmed laces – Lepoglava, Pag and Hvar.
Jalba is a hat that was worn by married women in the village of Trg and in the villages near the Kupa between Ozalj and Karlovac. By the time of the First World War, it was made in old, archaic technique on the “porthole”, which is based on the mutual intertwining of threads of the basis and it is considered to be the foremost of weaving. The textile fabric created by overlapping has cavity structure and we can call it lace.
On this, 5th International Lace Exhibition, we will also have the chance to see works of participants from the Czech Republic and Belgium.