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The Winner of the Silletto Prize Award 2018!

The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA), was presented on the 12th of May, at the 2018 Award Ceremony held in Warsaw, Poland at the Museum of the Polish Jews. European Museum Forum has awarded Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding with the Silletto Prize! We were stunned and overwhelmed with emotions hearing the name of our Museum and asked to join the judges at the stage for the prize. The prize recognises excellence in working with the local community and involving volunteers which actually is the strength of our Museum.   “This is an excellent example of a museum which is an expression of the identity of a community, driven by vision, enthusiasm and commitment. Its collections have been donated by the people of the village, providing an insight into…

Exhibition: Headscarves of the Murter island

The exhibition was opened on the April 13th, 2018. Headscarf is a part of a traditional women’s folk costume. During the past times, it was worn for everyday and special occasions, too. Each headscarf is a so-called identity card of a woman who wears it, by seeing the scarf you could guess how a woman feels, is she married or not, or is she perhaps in grief. Headscarfs of the Murter island are in bright colours, usually with flower details. The authors of the exhibition, Sandra Barešin and Jasminka Paić, decided to find out a bit more about this part of the traditioanal folk costume. The exhibition was set in a collaboration with the highschool students from Šibenik who actively participated in the data collecting.

Palm Sunday in Betina

Palm Sunday, or locally, Cvitnica, is a custom where Christians throughout the world are celebrating Jesus’s coming to Jerusalem. It’s celebrated on the last Sunday before Easter and the Holy Week. Townspeople from Betina are celebrating it too. Before the Sunday it’s important to cutt down the right olive branches so they can be decorated as a palm. It’s never easy to select the proper branches between different types of olives in the groves. There is a local type of olive – duška, with long leaves easy to knit in palms. There are two different palms that can be made in Betina – a male one and a female palm. A male palm is made out of a single branch, while the female palm is more…

Making of “ogrica” – workshop

On Friday the 02nd, as part of our educational and creative program, a workshop will be held where we’ll learn how to make one specific and recognizable, traditional decoration of folk costumes typical for some villages in Šibenik region –  Ogrica. Older women from the village say they were worn by their grandmothers too. Ogrica can be made by placing pearls directly onto the fabric which is prepared before this phase and then you create a motif – mostly floral or geometrical. There is also a method when you first crochet the surface with a simple pattern on which you’ll insert your pearls, or, with knitting needles where after the first row is knitted, the second you start by inserting pearls with other needles, and…

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