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Bobbin lace and Cvetke – lacemaking in the Žiri area

Besides Idrija and Železniki, Žiri is one of three centres of bobbing lacemaking in Slovenia. From the turn of the 19th to the 20th century and until the 1970s, when almost all the Žiri women had already been employed in Alpina and other factories, lacemaking was one of the main sources of income for our women and girls. However, this noble work that demands a lot of patience is still alive, albeit not for economic reasons, but more for cultural ones. Bobbin lacemaking has become part of the Žiri cultural heritage, tangible and intangible. Main history facts about the Žiri lacemaking are: the craft came from Idrija after 1880; an important role in the development of lacemaking was played by Anton Primožič, a lace merchant, who participated in the founding of lace school in Žiri (1906) and after whom the A. Primožič Gallery, one of the main promoters of lacemaking today, is named; another promoter is the Cvetke Žiri Bobbin Lacemaking Association that every year organizes the Slovenian Lacemaking Days; the Žiri lace story has also given innovative individuals who enrich this heritage with their copyright lace artwork: architect Manca Ahlin, who works in New York, designer Urh Sobočan, who “makes” bobbin lace in Luxembourg, and last but not least, there are young people who are just learning this craft ...