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Learning Experiences in Croatia

Updated on April 2, 2017
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Traditional Dressing of Croatia

Folklore Dance  Girls dressed tradtionally
Folklore Dance Girls dressed tradtionally | Source
Moreška Sabre Dance
Moreška Sabre Dance | Source
Croatian Men dressed tradionally
Croatian Men dressed tradionally | Source
A traditionally dressed woman
A traditionally dressed woman | Source
A traditionally dressed couple   standing  at the old castle
A traditionally dressed couple standing at the old castle | Source

Traditional Croatia

I discovered many different lifestyles in Croatia and each region has its own kind of style.

The style of traditional clothing in the most southern part of Croatia, on the territory of what once was the Dubrovnik Republic.

There, stretches the beautiful Konavle range, where the soft, downy silk moth has been cultivated for centuries.

The main reason for its cultivation is the exquisite folk costume made of sturdy home-made cloth.

The home-made cloth has sewn-on patches and beautiful embroidery done in soft home-spun silk.

The famous and elegant attire is renowned for its blue and black cloth.

For its white scarves that seem like sails, including the richly embroidered cuffs, also, the busts on the woman’s dress.

The men's costumes sport silk on waistcoats, and on cummerbunds which at one time served to retain silver-encrusted weapons; daggers Sabres and pistols.

The people of konavle had a connection with silk from the day they were born to the day they died. A silken thread was to tie the umbilical cord.

A silken thread was used to secure a dead persons feet, and hands crosses on the chest.

The silk road found its new natural cradle.

There was a time when almost every woman in a small village called Ćilipi in Konavle, scattered over seven hills, and had carried a cocoon of silk moth in her bosom.

Croatia did not lag behind other countries of Eastern Europe in the cultivation of the silk moth and silk production.

As early as 1018 the town of Rab was paying a tribute of several pounds of pure silk produced in Rab, to Venice.

I attended the event in Cilipi the small village not far from my village all part of the Konavle region. I had watched the traditional dance.

It was an incredible experience to see how the story holds the music and dance altogether.

  • Men led the women and danced in fast pace.

I experienced many great moments in Croatia.

Now looking back at the small places where I had visited and had I enjoyed I changed with the beautiful moments.

The Silk Road is perceived as long land communication route between Asia and Europe, as an image of a massive ball of silken thread that has been unraveling for centuries over thousands of kilometers. That is a replete with priceless experiences, ideas and inventions.

I am amazed by each region with a different style of traditional dressing. The different colored clothing looks attractive and very pretty.

  • It takes time to dress up into a traditional outfit.

I remember when I first came to Croatia after meeting many families.

I met an old lady and she is one of the oldest ladies in the village to have still worn the outfit daily.

She had to get up much earlier to get dressed and each set of clothing she put on had to be on an accurate setting and fitting.

It took her at least an hour and a half to fit into the parts of the outfit.

Someone at a young age will take half an hour to get into the traditional outfit.

I was asked to dress up into the traditional outfit, I am not sure if I want to go that far. Though it is something for me to think about and will try not to be shy when or if I do take that challenge on.

Korčula is an island in which the Marco Polo family lived continually from the thirteenth century and almost to this day.

Other families even laving in other parts of Croatia are still pointed out as part of the Polo family.

An interesting history is connected from the Polo family to the island of Korčula.

The house of Marco polo in Korčula is a part of a guided site seeing tour of the old town of Korčula.

I found what was possibly the house of Marco Polo a picturesque late-Gothic ruin with a Renaissance tower.

  • I wonder what actually inspired Marco Polo to dream about things on the other side of the mountain of Korčula?

Sabre Dance

  • Moreška

Korćula during the Festival of Chivalric Games: dances and tourneys like the photos as presented here are of the Moreška are performed to the sound of bagpipes and drums. When Sabres clash sparks fly.

I have not yet seen this great performance but would like to at sometime.

Despite the high level of emigration in the past, the island of Korčula remains one of the most dynamic of the Croatian islands.

Alongside being engaged in tourism, shipyards and stone quarrying, in vineyards and olive groves in wine cellars and oil works in which the golden olive oil is produced.

The islanders find time to involve themselves in their traditional festivities.

They take part at a particular time of the year.

In the city of Korcula itself it is the Moreška that is performed: a war dance with Sabres, the event is on the first Wednesday of July when one can see all the dances performed in the city.

The dancers are dressed in a combination of red black and white.

I have visited the island of korčula but not at the time of Sabre Dance.

From the eventful lives of traditional dancers to the Marco Polo family history on the island of Korčula all of what I had experienced had allowed me to feel happy and I learned so much more about Croatia.

The small country I once had no idea of and did not think it had existed on this planet.

The traditional folk dances are performed on Sundays in the village of Cilipi surrounded by many traditional markets.

The Croatian women make extraordinary patterns from embroidery and the silk threads are used for the actual designs. I was given a hand-made bookmark and with such beautiful colors.

The hand-made crafts are made during the winter and during the summer are sold at the local markets.

The traditional outhits are very expensive and are kept for many generations.

In this modern day the new generation is following their tradition and it is interesting to see how devoted the younger women are to the traditional dancing.

Tradition in Croatia has great meaning and that I don't often see in many cultures.

A rich culture that holds onto their tradition with valuable performances.

The men dress up with black waist coats and the pants are sort of flare at the bottom and they wear hats with small patterns sewn on.

The widow dresses up in a black traditional outfit after the death of her husband.

Croatian culture is from the Roman times and in many households this tradition is still alive.

I found that difficult for me to grow into this culture and could not keep up with it. I live my life differently and enjoy each day with new surprises.

I have learned how to make liquors, and now recently my new remedy lavender oil.

As my new experiment I am in the process of making lavender oil.

I added four bottles of sunflower oil in a complete dry jar with dried lavender sprigs and I left the jar to soak in a sunny spot for six weeks.

I picked more lavender to dry during the course of fourteen days and the process continues.

Lavender oil can be used for dry skin, and for slight burns.

Life in Croatia has improved my knowledge of my surroundings and of the culture but still learning each day and my focus is on what I know best.

The new learning adventures have not stopped and will continue to grow as I spend my time exploring new avenues.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Ericdierker, thank you kindly or sharing your thoughts here

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A hub of blessings and adoration of a people. Beauty is all around us and you have shown a wonderful part of it in this great hub.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC thank you very much for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      RTalloni thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on my hubs I appreciate your kindness.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love learning about Croatia by reading your hubs, Devika. It sounds like a lovely country with a very interesting culture. The traditional costume is beautiful.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing some of what you've learned about Croatia. It would be lovely to see the colors of the costumes in person--just another excuse to visit such a beautiful place. :) It is always interesting to learn more about other people in this amazing world!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Anne thank you for stopping by I am pleased to follow you back and I look forward to reading your hubs Croatia is indeed a lovely place.

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      Anne Harrison 3 years ago from Australia

      Whata fascinating article -you put so much effort into it. One day (soon, I hope) I will visit Croatia, and my trip will be all the more meaning after reading articles such as these.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      VVanNess thank you very much for such kind words

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway thank you for taking the time and showing up a my hubs.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Radcliff thank you

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      This is such an interesting article! I love learning about different countries, especially when the writer has such a personal connection to them. :) Nice job!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This was fascinating information about the Croatian culture. Well presented! You're fortunate to have a close-up viewpoint.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Beautifully intricate garments!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi rajan thank you, your travels will certain be a safe and enjoyable one

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AudreyHowitt great idea if she ever decides to travel to this part of Croatia let me know I would love to meet her a beautiful place for travels thank you for sharing your comments at my hubs.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jackie I tried to share what I know about Croatia and each I learn more thank you very much for commenting

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ologsinquito thank you for commenting I appreciate you kindness

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      These traditional dresses look so fabulous and the women so beautiful, much like the traditional wear in many villages of India. Different traditions have always attracted me and I'd love to visit Croatia if I have a chance.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      So interesting! I was just talking to my daughter about Croatia--she would love to go there in her next set of travels--and my interest has now been piqued as well

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I really loved this Devika, I think it is my favorite of all you have done. Give us more!

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      This was so interesting, especially about the Silk Road history.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi D.A.L. thank you very much for all votes I appreciate your kindness and continuous support have a nice Sunday.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Shyron thank you for the vote up your kindness is always appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Eiddwen thank you for the vote up and so nice of you to comment at my hubs.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc thank you kindly for making the time to stop at my hubs.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi kidscrafts, thank you very much for your your time and effort your kindness is greatly appreciated. You too have a good weekend.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Faith so kind of you to stop by here I appreciate all votes and wish you a pleasant Sunday.

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Devika, as with your other wonderful hub 'The History of a Mysterious Old Fortress', this has added greatly to my knowledge of your adopted country. The uses of Silk I found to be fascinating, along with the traditional dress and dances. fascinating read.Voted up,interesting, beautiful and useful.

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      StricktlyDating 3 years ago from Australia

      A really beautiful and interesting Hub. Now I want to try making lavender oil too!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Devika, this is very interesting. I have never been out of the USA, but I do love to read about the culture, dances and dress of other countries.

      Good Job. Voted up, AI and shared

      Shyron

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Oh so interesting DDE;a great hub which I thoroughly enjoyed. Voted up for sure.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is always fascinating to learn about other cultures. Thank you for this mini-class on Croatia.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I love folklore dances and the traditional costumes! I am hoping that one day I can create puppets with costumes of different areas of the world. There is so much to learn from folklore!

      Keeping folklore, dances, and music from the past alive is very important to teach to the next generation. It's great way to teach history as well! Thanks for sharing, Devika! Enjoy your weekend!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I loved learning about the traditional Croatian dressing and other interesting facts you have written of here... fascinating indeed. It is rich in culture and tradition. Wow, that is a lot of time to have to take to put on an outfit, plus with it having to be just right! Thank you for sharing here and your photos are beautiful and interesting. Up and more and sharing. Blessings, Faith Reaper