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Tijegla, tool used for ironing
Model of vuzmica - Easter bonfire
Easter eggs, coloured
Spinning wheels
Gingerbread moulds

Head: Melita Habdija, curator

The permanent display

The Ethnographic Collection is one of the largest collections of the Municipal Museum. It was started at the very beginning of the Museum, in 1952. It was part of the then newly founded Native Collection which, during the following ten years, grew into the Museum and the Ethnographic Collection became an independent collection. The largest number of items relate to textile craftsmanship of the Križevci surroundings and the area around Kalnik. Tools used in the manufacturing of flax and hemp are also on display. The Collection contains a large number of pottery exhibits, objects for everyday use, and dishes made of wood and straw. Items of clothes and textile products are best represented: there are towels and authentic vilans or vilajns - bedspreads and bed linen with ornaments subsequently woven into them). The traditional costumes of the area were white, plain and relatively modest. The only richly decorated items were head-worn accessories for women. Women of the area used to wear a poculica (paculjica) - a square headdress with rich ornaments embroidered or woven over it. Pottery and pottery products used in local households were mostly purchased at local fairs from the potters of Križevci and travelling potters of Zagorje.

The Ethnographic Collection contains several dozens of pottery products and only a small part is put on display. Apart from pottery, the households used wooden dishes and dishes made of other materials, such as bark or wicker. Those dishes are also included in the Collection. An example of annual customs of the area is a Christmas table with straw under it and a candle in žitko (a mixture of grains). On the table there are Christmas bread, grain, and all that is supposed to be there on Christmas Eve. Easter customs are depicted through typical Easter eggs and a model Easter bonfire - vuzmica or vuzmenka. The tradition of bonfires is still alive in the area around Kalnik and very early every Easter morning people gather around the bonfire celebrating Easter - the time of joy.
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