The Museum of the City of Zenica is implementing a project of mapping old crafts

The Museum of the City of Zenica is an active participant in the “Made in” project financed by the European Commission, and the Museum implements it in cooperation with ten partner organizations. It is a platform aimed at mapping old crafts.

The Zenica City Museum is rightly proud of its permanent ethnological exhibition. Through authentic exhibits, visitors can learn about the way of life in the Zenica region during the 18th and 19th centuries. Craftsmanship items, such as pottery, pottery, and weaving, are especially impressive. According to museum pedagogue Lejla Agić, the Museum of the City of Zenica mapped the weaving and pottery crafts through the “Made in” platform.

“Grčarski is very important to us because it has been preserved to this day. In our country, it is represented through Liješevska and Višnjička ceramics, which are specific to central Bosnia. Višnjica pottery, that place next to Kiseljak, unfortunately has not been preserved and not a single copy has been made for a hundred years, but Liješevska has been preserved from prehistory to the present as it was,”  says Agić.

Through this project, ethnologists, architects and designers in cooperation with craftsmen create new objects based on traditional technologies. They will be presented at exhibitions in Slovenia and Germany. In the Zenica museum, they realized that these products based on tradition still have a more lasting value than being shown at several exhibitions.

“We asked for it to be in our permanent lineup. So, instead of the exhibition, which will only be short-term, we will have changes in the permanent exhibition where the product of what was created through this project, as well as the knowledge, research, videos and objects that were created, will be exhibited in a new box. The existing ones will be revised and additionally arranged so that we have some permanent value in the coming years” , adds our interlocutor.

The “Made in” project is still ongoing. It is expected that it will be completed by late autumn, when its results in the form of new-old craft items could arrive at the Zenica City Museum, where it will receive its own section on ethnology.