Proud with its lace tradition, this year Pag is preparing the 10th edition of the International Lace Festival this year under the slogan "lace, fairy tale, threads ..." in the period from June 20th to 23rd. Festival successfully promotes the value of lace as a significant part of the Croatian cultural heritage and is under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, Ministry of Culture of Croatia, Zadarska County and Tourist Board of Zadar County in organisation and support by Tourist Board of Pag, town Pag and the Company of Pag’s lace embroiderers “Frane Budak”.
The lace from Pag is an authentic Croatian souvenir and is included among the products bearing the title "originally Croatian" and in 2009 it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In 2010, Pag declared " the year of Pag’s lace" and for the first time organized the 1st International lace festival in it. Throughout the past, folk costumes, furniture and walls have been decorated with this lace and today each house in Pag has at least one lace on the wall. Making Pag’s lace has nurtured through the centuries and it is passed from knee to knee. Each lace is distinctly unique and this slow and hardworking handwork still lives today at the streets of the old town. How important Pag’s lace is tells the fact that the Emperor Marija Teresa at Vienna Court had a personel Pag’s lace embroiderer who sew lace for courtesy.
The town of Pag has placed two monuments: Pag’s embroiderer and the monument of Frane Budak, giving honor and gratitude to all the embroiderers of the city of Pag, to the generations of women who patiently and self-confidently sew lace and kept it from forgetfulness and Frano Budak as the man whom the memorial deserves due to the extraordinary cares about lacework and all that he did for the town of Pag.
In the 3 days of the festival on the ground floor of the Rector's Palace at Petar Kresimir Square IV, you will be able to take a look at the exhibitions of the participating countries of the festival and works from Germany, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Hungary, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Slovenia and Croatia. Several locations in the city will host lace exhibitions, Pag and Idrija lace workshops, fashion show " A tradition that can be dressed", songs and fun. On old Pag’s street will be presented how town of Pag lived.
Visit the town of Pag and enjoy the unique tradition!
Photography: Elvis Šmit