Project Activities in the Babia Góra Biosphere Reserve

photo: Emilia Rutkowska

photo: Emilia Rutkowska

photo: Emilia Rutkowska

BG 22: Training of craftsmen

The Orava region, which is located in the south of Poland, is characterised by rich cultural heritage. One important part of this heritage are traditional handicrafts. The skills and techniques to produce these are still known to local inhabitants in the region but are getting lost and less people produce and commercialise the products.

To keep traditions alive, to pass on the knowledge of handicrafts making to the next generation and to demonstrate opportunities of obtaining benefits from small businesses related to tourism, the Museum Orava Ethnographic Park organised traditional crafts trainings from February 2006 to March 2007 with the aim to arise the local's possibility to improve their income and cultural consciousness.

Participants of the trainings were mainly young people, learning from professionals how to wicker baskets, weaving, embroidering, crocheting and making straw fabric tissue-paper decorations.

The trainings increased the knowledge of cultural heritage among the participants and some of them started to make handicraft products themselves presenting or selling those during local events.

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