#22 Pag – Paška čipka (Pag lace)
Young Croatian women in traditional local folk costume. Pag, August 2012
The island of Pag in Northern Dalmatia is famous for its intricate, hand-sewn lace (čipka). Traditionally, the sewing work (or teg as it is known) is carried out without the use of any formal patterns, instead following designs passed down over generations from grandmothers and mothers to daughters, which women then personalize to create their own style – effectively making each piece unique. Today the skill is also passed on through a lace-making school in the town of Pag. The items made include ecclesiastical garments, table cloths and various ornaments, and the distinctive headdresses which form an integral part of local folk costume, as worn by the young women in this image (which was taken on Assumption Day (Velika Gospa), following a procession through the town). Pag lace (Paška čipka) – along with the lace-making of Hvar and Lepoglava – is inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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