Pag, place of Pag lace

We have mentioned on numerous occasions that Pag as an island is full of various contents that will satisfy everyone, and above all we have mentioned that as an island it is full of content related to rich history. So there are many sights on the island that bear witness to past times. Among the sights of the island of Pag are the famous Pag lace, known as lace made in the Croatian town of Pag, which is distinguished by the exceptional beauty of the patterns, the quality and manner of craftsmanship and the centuries-old tradition of craftsmanship.

If we look at history a little, we can find out that lace was first officially presented at the 1880 exhibition. While in the period from 1906 to 1943, she has been shown at numerous exhibitions around the world in London, New York, Budapest, Belgrade, Vienna, Milan, Prague, and at the 1937 World Exhibition in Paris.

She was then given a gold plaque as valuable handiwork. Even Maria Theresa in the court of Vienna kept a Pag lace maker who sewed lace for the needs of the court.

As much as Pag lace has been a part of past times and past customs, we can safely say that many housewives strive to maintain it in their daily lives, whether they use it as a small table or a large table cloth, or as a decoration. Although part of history, it is still very much present today.

In recent history, in 1906, the then mayor of Pag, Frane Budak, founded the School of Lace, in which the first teacher was Nina Rakamarić, who received her pedagogical training in Vienna. Frane Budak separated lace from other useful items such as curtains, wipes, blankets, sheets.

The lace school worked until 1945, and after that it continued to work intermittently, in 1994 to start operating continuously again within Bartol Kašić High School. It differs from other laces in that it is sewn with a thin thread and is tight.

Pag lace belongs to the heritage of the island of Pag, which has certainly become a valuable part of its history and everything that used to happen. Pag lace has become a kind of symbol of past traditions, which is still an endeavor today.

Author: S.Š. Photo by Karel Hrdina / Wikimedia

Pag Lace (Paška čipka) being made (July 2020)