Few people know that it’s been five years since Croatian House opened at 31 Preradovićeva street in Zagreb. Right in the heart of the city there’s a place that is witness to life in Croatia during the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20 centuries.
It features ethnological exhibitions and authentic items from various parts of Croatia, symbolizing the tradition and richness of Croatian cultural heritage. Croatia was then still part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, which at that time was the largest producer and exporter of agricultural products in the world and the only European power that invested in the development of the countryside instead of the army.
While men worked in the fields and managed the farming duties, women were the masters of the home. Because of this, the Croatian House is also called a Mother's Story. Thanks to a lot of passion and a bit of nostalgia for the good old days when Croatian peasants were respected for their virtues, such as work ethic and humility, our host, the originator of the project and well-known Croatian Ethno-Designer Mina Petra, gives us a look at an almost forgotten time.
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A special place is reserved for the city of Zagreb and the ethno-heritage of the surround area. Other areas of the country are also featured, such as rooms dedicated to Slavonia and Dalmatia, giving visitors a look at Croatia in miniature.
An old loom used for linen production, an old stone grinding wheel for grain, a traditional potter’s wheel for making clay pots, sewing machines and brass scales, help us remember the way our ancestors lived. But to assure that these cultural treasures don’t simply remain in the past, Mina Petra holds various workshops at Croatian House, which teach people hand-weaving linen fabric, embroidery, knitting wool, making famous Lepoglav lace, jewellery, licitars, pottery and making original souvenirs.
Croatian House is a venue for exhibitions, lectures, as well as interregional and international cooperation and exchanges.
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Part of the nonprofit project is run by Petrine pletilje, an association that produces original hand-woven handicrafts and souvenirs, as well as promotes Croatia's traditional wealth within the country and around the world. So far, Croatian House has been visited by 35000 people from far and wide, and each of them has come away with a unique memento from Croatia.