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Raztresen – homestead of handicrafts

15. 8. 2014

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Traditional crafts, Leather and Fabrics

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Slovenia

The flagship of homestead of handicrafts Raztresen is the presentation of traditional processing of flax/linen in Bela krajina: from growing the plant through carding and then waving flax into linen.

The presentations allow active participation of visitors: visitors can try to weave by themselves. As a result of the whole process, there are different kinds of the fabric used for different purposes, which is explained by the head of the homestead. It is also possible to buy handmade fabrics. The programme also includes the presentation of other buildings on the farm Raztresen, of the nature park Kolpa and of some other crafts, like wickerwork baskets, wrapping bottles, traditional painting of Easter eggs etc. Homestead of Handicrafts Raztresen tries to present and transmit the knowledge of people from the 19th Century with admission of tradition and all the principles of ecology (it is possible to buy their own ecologically produced food, to spend a night in their capacities and to have a meal, cooked from their own ecologically produced food).

Locality Rim (Adlešiči), Slovenia
Time All year
History (cyclicality) Organised since 2004
Organizer Boris Raztresen
Realisation team Family Raztresen
Target group Tourists, interested in linen and traditional crafts; children, schools
Traditional culture elements Traditional making of linen fabric: from plant to the fabric
Ethnographic criterion Flax and linen fabric is one of the identity symbols of White Carniola. Explanations of traditional processing of flax, traditional making of fabric.
Environmental criterion Ecological growth of flax and traditional pulling of the plant
Cultural-historical criterion
Making of linen fabric was one of most common in this part of Slovenia (White Carniola). Linen fabric was used for domestic textiles as well as for clothes. The difference in fabric was made by the purpose of the fabric use (thicker fabric for domestic fabrics, finer fabric for clothes).
Aesthetic criterion The aesthetics of minimalism: white colour of fabric, decorated with some small red or blue inlays. A need for functionality is the most important.
Ethical criterion No conflicts
Psychological criterion The preservation of skills and techniques and strengthening the consciousness about the value of local tradition. Although linen fabric is not made in a traditional way, locals still comprehend flax as local plant, raw material and linen as fabric.

Photos by © Saša Babič

 

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