Slovenian Lace Enters the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO

During its recent meeting on the island of Mauritius, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage decided to include the tradition of lacemaking in Slovenia in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Slovenia filed an application for inclusion of this tradition in the UNESCO list in March 2017.

The application was the result of collaboration between specialists from the Ministry of Culture, the Idria City Museum, the Škofja Loka Museum, the City Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, the Slovenian Committee of the International Bobbin Lace and Needle Lace Organization OIDFA, as well as of the active participation of lacemaking amateur societies and pupils of lacemaking schools in Idrija and the settlements of Žiri and Železniki.

According to the curator of the Škofja Loka Museum, Mojca Šifrer-Bulovec, the inclusion in the UNESCO list is a recognition of the merits of lace makers, mentors and the whole creative community who contributed to the popularization of this tradition.