Museum of Folk Crafts and Applied Arts

In the center of Troyan, in the first post-liberation building, built in 1881, the exhibition of the museum of crafts is housed. It is the only museum in the country that displays traditional crafts such instumentarium, development of forms, the most characteristic decorative systems and function of objects. The exhibition shows the most common and forming the crafts shape of the town: pottery, woodworking, metalworking and folk textiles.

Музей на народните художествени занаяти и приложните изкустваWhimsical accents in the museum are recreations of the Troyan Renaissance Bazaar, authentic pottery workshop from the middle of the 19th century, wine vessels workshop from the same period, and the interior of a traditional Balkan home. Leading part of the exposition is given to the Troyan  pottery. Its development in Troyan is presented chronologically: from the prehistoric primitive, handmade pots, though the antique - Thracian and ancient Greek pottery made on the potter's wheel, and Roman pottery in our land, to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The origin and development of the characteristic "Troyan  pattern", an emblem of the Troyan  master ceramists, are traced. The exhibition also presents the woodworking crafts. Starting from the ax-Krivitsa, the drill and the chisel, used by the Balkan man to make rough objects for everyday use, they go past the water and foot-strap lathe and reach to the church woodcarving, which with its highly artistic achievements is the top of traditional craftsmanship. Музей на народните художествени занаяти и приложните изкустваThere are the tools used in wood wine vessel making and pyrography. Blacksmith, goldsmith, gunsmithing and copper are displayed from the metalworking crafts. They are represented by the most famous family lineage - Totevi. They construct vessels featuring with sleek silhouette and decoration, which besides the aestetic and decorative also has a functional purpose. The bronze vessels decoration is from simple lines and dots to complex compositions of geometric, floral and anthropomorphic motifs. The exhibition also represents the works of female skill and aesthetic sense. Troyan  women were known as masters of the russet weavers, which except dressing their families, they sold their products on the local market. Another fame of the Troyan hosts are the rugs, weaved by tied technique with preferences to the floral motifs. The traditional clothing is shown. It is with clean silhouettes and warm earth tones, giving a kind of urban style to the Troyan outfit. Next to it shine the costumes from the village of Golyama Zhelyazna with rich embroidered decoration and home made decoration on all parts of the garment.

Exhibition "Renaissance"Експозиция “Възраждане”

Exhibition "Renaissance" is exhibited in the restored Ottoman Konak, built in 1868 related to the announcement of a Troyan Nahiya (district). The pictures, documents and objects represent the regional history - economic development, educational and cultural development. Troyan’s participation in the national liberation movement, ranging from haidouts, chetnik movement, the foundation of Troyan  Revolutionary Committee in 1871 by Vasil Levski and its activity, the involvement in the April Uprising of Novoseltsi, and the existence of 10 days Novoselska Republic. An emphasis is put on the Botev’s cheta and the Troyan trace in it, Dimitar Ikonomov - Dimitrikata, who was a member of the commading and gives the idea of ​​ the Radetzky ship capturing. The exhibition ends with materials related to the winter passage of Troyan passage by gen. Kartsov’s army in January 1878 and the Troyans’ participation. The most valuable exhibit is a part of the original flag of the Troyan  Revolutionary Committee, embroidered by Marko Ivanov Markovski by project of Toma Hitrov. Focus of the exhibition are the models of iconic Renaissance buildings – The Mutual School built in 1847, the "Yellow School" built in 1872, St. Paraskeva  Church from 1835, Vasil Spasov’s inn, where Vasil Levski swore the Troyan  revolutionaries.



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