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Welcome to www.malteselace.com - the portal dedicated to the promotion of Maltese Lace.

Hello dear Lace Friends,

Thank you for visiting this site.

It has been some time since this website was updated.  This was due to the complete dedication of my time to researching and writing the history of Maltese Lace, which resulted in the new book "Maltese Lace History & Mystery, Four Centuries of Bizzilla".  Currently, due to the COVID-19 situation, lace courses and visits on the museum are being kept reduced to the minimum.

I would like to draw your attention to the publications section on this website.  If you are interested in any of the books described there, you are welcome to contact me.

In the mean time, I hope that you all stay safe, and find more time to making lace.


1, Ta' Pinu Street, Gharb, Gozo.
e-mail: casabotega@malteselace.com
Phone: (+356) 79270064

How to get here from Bus Terminal at Victoria

Public Bus no 311, 312, 308 (Gharb, Dwejra, San Lawrenz, Ta' Pinu)


It is important to contact Consiglia at your earliest possible to discuss the reservation of a course booking.

Note for Group Leaders

If you are planning to bring your group over for a course, do not hesitate to make contacts.  Courses may be organised on request to suit your dates and tastes.

This portal is maintained by Mrs Consiglia Azzopardi who has been instrumental in the revival of the lace-making craft in the Maltese Islands during these last decades.  This was achieved by both researching the history of the traditional craft and by teaching the discovered techniques which have been abandoned as the old generation of lace makers passed away.

The teaching of Maltese lace started initially at the Gozo School of Arts in 1990.  It was upgraded in 1996 by Lacemaking Programme at University of Malta, Gozo Centre, by offering a three-year Certificate Course in Lace Making and, recently, a Diploma in Lace Studies.  

Consiglia is also the director of the Koperattiva Ghawdxija tal-Bizzilla u Artigjanat - a cooperative of lace makers who graduate from the above mentioned courses and can perform a high quality lace worked on traditional and original designs.  Koperattiva handles orders for hand-made lace products.

Currently, Consiglia is working to establish a Casa Bottega for Lace Making with the purpose of offering short courses to individuals, locals and foreigners, in an old Gozitan farmhouse.  The participants of such courses will have the opportunity to feel the calm Gozitan atmosphere and experience for themselves the lifestyle of the old Gozitan lace makers when the craft was at its peak.

We hope you enjoy your visit to this portal, by which we keep you informed about the main current activities involving local lace craft.  Please do not hesitate to contact Consiglia directly on consiglia@malteselace.com.

Consiglia Azzopardi discussing old lace patterns with Carmela Spiteri, 92 year-old Gozitan lacemaker from Nadur.

Consiglia Azzopardi demonstarting a particular detail in Maltese lace technique to Maria Said in lace-class.  

© 2012 Consiglia Azzopardi
'Sliem', 28th April 1688 Str., Sannat, SNT 1115, Gozo Malta.
(+356) 21553299 / (+356) 79270064, consiglia@malteselace.com