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Ancient traditions of making bast shoes revived at Dribin district

Ancient traditions of making bast shoes are being revived at Dribin district. This footwear is considered to be both ecologically clean and medicinal, doctors recommend it to pregnant women.

According to director of Korovchino house of handicrafts Larisa Zaklikovskaya, she has thoroughly studied different methods of making bast shoes with the help of local craftsmen. To follow ancient Slavonic techniques and a footwer’s form is a must.

“This is ecologically clean footwear, - Valentina Pavljuk, a specialist from Korovchino house of handicrafts, says. – There are a lot of nerve endings in foot; they regulate functioning of all over organs. Local craftsmen make orthopaedic bast shoes for men, women and children. There are special models for the pregnant.

It is very difficult to bark lime-trees. The technique of making bast shoes is also rather complicated. That’s why the footwear has traditionally been made by men.

Dribin district’s technology of making bast shoes has got the status of intangible historical and cultural heritage of the Republic of Belarus. In the nearest future it will be put on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage.

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