Recently held Festival of Croatian Island Products has surprised us in the most wonderful way – our scale model of the Betina gajeta has become the best souvenir in Šibenik – Knin County!
Souvenir Betina gajeta scale model has been made by the original type of Betina gajeta – a firm, stable boat with a flat keel and a straight frame, made specially to meet the needs of islanders – the inhabitants of Betina and Murter village. The primary function of the gajeta was to transport all sorts of materials, including of course families and domestic animals. Everyone knew how to navigate the gajeta. The scale model is hand-made, requires a number of working hours, every tiny piece of detail tells the story. The materials used for her making are wood, linen, metal, ropes. She consists of standard items usually being seen on traditional gajetas.
The author is Darko Škevin, retired shipyard worker, who for a number of years has been making authentic souvenirs telling a lot of local history and tradition. Betina gajeta scale model is the most recognizable souvenir in our Museum’s souvenirshop and with this recognition she is even more special.