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Lace-making in Prettau

Elaborate lace doilies decorate many houses in South Tyrol, magnificent laces the colourful costumes and even the priests in South Tyrol have a particularly decorated chasuble.

All these lace works are majorly realised by the many women in Prettau in Ahrntal. The so-called lace-making is an artistic and difficult way of producing laces and has become a welcome side-line business in a small mountain village.

Necessity is the mother of invention

With the closure of the mine in 1893, many families didn’t have an income anymore. However, prudent as the inhabitants of Prettau are, they have revived this traditional art. Thanks to the fabrication of fine laces the greatest need could be alleviated as the handcrafted laces were shipped to the whole world.

Until today, the handcrafted laces have become a real gem in the whole world. In order that young people will learn this traditional craft in Prettau today as well, the lace-making school in Prettau was founded in 1948. The lace-making association regularly shows its skills. The lace-making association are announced in the event calendar of Ahrntal Tourist Office.

Further information:

Klöppelverein Prettau
Adelheid Bacher
Kirchdorf 63/B – I- 39030 Prettau
Phone: +39 0474 654 238

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Lace-making
Lace-making

The laces made in Prettau are a difficult lace-making method.

IDM Südtirol - Manuel Kottersteger
Lace-making
Lace-making

The laces made in Prettau are a difficult lace-making method.

IDM Südtirol - Manuel Kottersteger
Lace-making
Lace-making

The laces made in Prettau are a difficult lace-making method.

IDM Südtirol - Manuel Kottersteger
Lace-making
Lace-making

The laces made in Prettau are a difficult lace-making method.

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