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2011/21/1 Doily, Idrija (Slovenian) lace, cotton, maker unknown, Idrija, Slovenia, 2002. Click to enlarge.

Idrija lace doily

This handmade doily worked in Idrija lace represents a longstanding tradition in the cultural heritage of Slovenia. Located in western Slovenia, Idrija, famous for the second largest mercury mine in the world, operational for over 500 years before it ceased operation in 1994-1995, is also a renowned lacemaking centre. It is thought foreign workers and their families from Germany and Czechoslovakia brought with them handcraft skills which the wives used to supplement low wages, consequently …


Object No.


Object Statement

Doily, Idrija (Slovenian) lace, cotton, maker unknown, Idrija, Slovenia, 2002

Physical Description

Doily, Idrija (Slovenian) lace, cotton, maker unknown, Idrija, Slovenia, 2002

This lace doily is made up of two tapes which each use eight pairs of bobbins. The inner tape forms the 'mushroom' design, and the outer tape makes the scalloped border. Simple sewing links the narrower spaces between the tapes and the wider spaces are linked with plaited bars, or flowers formed by leaf-shaped tallies.


No marks.



215 mm


Credit Line

Gift of Anton Veenstra, 2011

Acquisition Date

31 March 2011

Cite this Object


Idrija lace doily 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 March 2023, <>


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