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Seventy eventful years

Petra Kolláriková

Seventy eventful yearsThe main reason for the decline of wire craft after World War II was widespread economic changes, also an impact of restriction of tinkers’ cross-border movement, taking into account borders as drawn after World War I, and the birth of factories able to produce goods more cheaply. Despite the unfavourable conditions, and thanks to endeavour of several individuals, it was possible to continue with traditional wire craft, averting its definite downfall. In the 50s of the 20th century, keeping the wire craft tradition of this region alive lay at the heart of the newly founded Považie Museum in Žilina. Since its birth in 1945, ÚĽUV’s staff have been working very hard to keep, and further develop, cultural heritage of Slovakia, including that of wire art. Since 1990, a renewed interest in, and return to, traditions have been palpable in our society. For this reason, wire craft is gradually experiencing its revival, being in demand again.

 

Further articles in the magazine Craft, Art, Design 02/2017:

 

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