The Ethnography Centre of Traditional Falk Trades and Crafts opens in the area of Pechersk Forest Park (Mogilev) in May. But the first visitors can come here in April. The information is provided by the director of the complex Sergey Khmelnitsky.
In his words, five farmsteads have already appeared on the territory of the centre. A cooper, a rod braiding craftsman, a weaver, a potter and a blacksmith will work there. “All craftsmen are from Mogilev, and only a cooper is from Bobruisk. We hope he will teach our local craftsman,” - Sergey Khmelnitsky said.
The major feature of the centre is its authenticity and naturalness. Country cottages are original buildings of the XIX-XX centuries which were found in the villages of Mogilev region. Some of them have not been lived in for 10-15 years. Some buildings are very old. One of the houses is more than 130 years old.
Every day life of peasants has been reconstructed. Here you can see work tools, household articles – a plough, a ploughshare, a loom…
“We don’t use modern building materials. Foundations, stoves are made from the materials of those times. We take to pieces old constructions, buy bricks, and pick stones from the fields. We cover the roofs of the houses with wood or straw,” - Sergey Khmelnitsky said.
A chapel, a stylized children’s playing ground, a tourist vocation zone, a bee garden, ski and bicycle rent service are supposed to be open here in the nearest future. A tavern will invite visitors to taste traditional Belarusian food – boiled potato, fried eggs, fat (salo).
Ethnography Centre of Traditional Falk Trades and Crafts will give Mogilev citizens and guests a unique opportunity to get acquainted with Belarusian traditions, crafts and trades. Sergey Khmelnitsky is sure that today it is very important to safe our background. If we don’t know our past, we miss our present and can’t see our future.