Treasure Chest

Art of traditional and industrial heritage

Old crafts are precious threads that help weave the rich fabric of history, a treasure trove of traditions and skills that connect them to the past and roots. What started as a skill has grown into a cultural treasure that testifies to the way of life, values and environment of our ancestors. Each hand-made vessel, each decorated fabric and shaped piece of wood tells stories about past times and hardworking people who enriched the world around them with their efforts. Every work left behind by old generations shows a map of life, creation and survival in past centuries. By keeping the old crafts alive, we protect both old knowledge and the soul of our past from being forgotten.

The first self-service store and the first traveling store

The first self-service store and the first traveling store

In the picturesque Ivanec on December 17, 1956, the history of Croatia recorded a revolutionary moment - the opening of the first self-service store. And not only that, but it is also believed that it was the first self-service store in the whole of Southeast Europe.

Photography in Ivanec

Photography in Ivanec

Throughout history, Ivanec has been an unavoidable photographic destination with an exceptional influence on the development of artistic photography, even at the European level. What contributed to that?

Pottery - protected intangible heritage

Pottery - protected intangible heritage

The first written traces of pottery in this area date from the 18th century. After World War I, there were as many as sixty-seven potters in Bedenec who supported their families with this craft.

Viticulture

Viticulture

Vineyards with picturesque cellars that rise on gentle hills at the foot of Mt. Ivančica, create an idyllic landscape that cannot leave any wine lover indifferent.

Chest making

Chest making

In many parts of Croatia, chests were made of hewn boards, but the chests from Kraševec had special value.

Vugleničarstvo (charcoal making)

Vugleničarstvo (charcoal making)

The past of the residents of Ivanečka Željeznica was dedicated to charcoal making, the skill with which they produced charcoal essential for blacksmiths.

Milling

Milling

Watermills driven by the power of rivers and streams have been carved into the landscape of Varaždin County since ancient times. Their powerful wheels were turned by strong water currents, enabling the grain to be turned into flour. This milling technique enabled local communities to produce their own flour for bakery products and other needs.

Mining

Mining

Let's dive deep into the darkness of the mining past. Mining in the Ivanec region goes deep into history and we can say that it shaped this region and gave it a specific identity.