Bobbin lace flowers to bloom in Idrija this weekend
Idrija, 16 June - An exhibition of the Idrija lace making school, dedicated to the motif of forget-me-nots, launched the 36th Idrija Bobbin Lace Festival on Friday. Flowers will be in the centre of this year's festival, as florists from ten countries will showcase their flower-and-lace decorations on the streets of Idrija over the weekend.
Tonight's opening ceremony, inspired by the theme of Pygmalion, will see the head of the Idrija Museum, Ivana Leskovec, accept a present from the President Borut Pahor's office on the 25th anniversary of Slovenia's independence, a bobbin lace Slovenian flag made by lace makers from 25 towns around Slovenia.
Several exhibitions, showcasing the talent and creativity of members of the local lace making association, especially the youth, will welcome visitors during the festival.
A bobbin lace installation by Eva Petrič will be on display at the Holy Trinity Church, while two exhibitions will showcase the works of lace makers from Croatia's Split and Lepoglava.
Local artists and philatelists will present their work related to Idrija and Idrija lace from the past year, while the town's heritage will be presented in an exhibition of works by model-maker David Ogrič.
On Saturday and Sunday, creative workshops will be held for all age groups as well as activities for children and puppet shows.
A fair will present local hand-made arts and crafts products, lacemaking tools and culinary delights and visitors will have the opportunity to see the process of making of žlikrofi, a type of ravioli typical for this part of the country.
A fashion show will be held in the city's central square on Saturday evening presenting creations containing Idrija bobbin lace, including those presented at the Ljubljana Fashion Week.
On the last day of the festival a parade featuring the Idrija wind orchestra will be followed by a national lacemaking competition.