Bobowa is known for its bobbin lace production; bobbin lace is created by braiding threads (usually linen) wound on longitudinal wooden pins called bobbins. Thanks to this, beautiful openwork products with diverse motives and patterns are created. The beginnings of lace making in Bobowa date to the 16th century, but its flourish took place at the early 20th century as in 1899 the National Lace-Making School was set up in Bobowa. The school’s students won a bronze medal at the exhibition in Saint Louis in 1902 and a golden medal in San Francisco in 1905. Nowadays, this type of handicraft is nowhere as popular as in this area of Poland. Since 2000, the International Festival of Bobbin Lace has been held in Bobowa, in the course of which various lace products are presented; there is also a fair, workshops and a post-competition exhibition.
The Gallery of Bobbin Lace operates by the Bobowa Commune Centre of Promotion and Culture where you can learn about the work of lace makers and purchase the products directly from artisans. It is also worth mentioning that most probably Bobowa is the birthplace of a different representative of the art world: Wojciech Bobowski (ca. 1610–1675), known as Ali Ufki or Ali Ufki Bey, a musician, translator, diplomat, painter and scholar. In 1638, Bobowski was taken into Ottoman captivity and got to the sultan’s court where, having converted to Islam, he started a career as a diplomat and a translator. His music pieces are the canon of the 17th century Ottoman music.