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Lacemaking tradition in Pag

Pag lace is, with the Pag salt, one of the many resources of the town. Widely appreciated and recognized for the beauty of the samples and the quality, method and a long tradition of making. Sewing of lace in Pag began at the late 15th century for the church liturgical vestments. Eventually lace became an independent decorative ornament that can be encountered in all forms, including the lace sewn into clothing, serves as decoration on furniture, often can be seenframed on the room walls , sewn into sheets, pillows, curtains, tablecloths, and recently, as part of the shoes, jewelry, etc.

Pag lace is derived from the Benedictine monastery of St. Margarita where Benedictine nuns founded one of the first schools where they taught lacemaking. Today, the Benedictine nuns in their convent guard valuable collection of Pag lace, which makes over 127 exhibits older than 150 years that the Croatian Ministry declared the Croatian cultural heritage. In 1906, the Mayer of Pag Frane Budak together with the Benedictine Monastery of St. Margarita started The School of Pag Lace that trained lacemakers until 1945. Since 1945 until 1993 the school worked with fewer interruptions. In 1994 school was combined with the high school "Bartul Kašić" in Pag, and to this day work as part of it. In recent years, a great contribution to the development of lacemaking in Pag was the newly formed Association of Pag lacemakers "Frane Budak".

The UNESCO recognized the quality and uniqueness of Pag lace and in 2010 incorporated the lace on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Pag lace was entered in the register of UNESCO together with Hvar and Lepoglava lace and has become one of the Seven intangible cultural property from the Croatia entered in the register.

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