The history of Idrija is closely connected with
the development of the mercury mine. Beside mining another craft has
developed very well in Idrija – lacemaking.
In Idrija bobbin lace is made. Their name comes from specially formed wooden sticks, named bobbins, which have cotton or flax thread wound up on them.
Knowledge of lacemaking has mostly spread from one generation to the other orally, therefore initiation of organized teaching of lacemakers (courses, schools) was very important.
In Idrija special techniques and patterns of lacemaking have developed and this is the peculiarity that distinguishes Idrija lace from the other lace.
In the past schools were established where they were needed. Because demand for good quality lace was enormous, schools for expanding lacemakers’ knowledge were gradually established to enable the rise of lace quality.
In Idrija the Lace School was established as early as 1876 and it has worked ever since.