Norwegians‘ visit in Vilnius, Lithuania
Project partners from Norway Cultural History Museum (Norsk Folkemuseum) visited Vilnius, Lithuania on 3rd-9th of November 2015. The main aim of this educational-research visit was to get acquainted with Lithuanian culture and crafts, traditions of linen processing tools, the path from the plant to the fabric, analyze tools preserved in the museums and together create the plan of mobile exhibition.
After Norwegians arrived and settled in on the 3rd of November, both partners of the project started their work on 4th of November – they visited Lithuanian Folk Culture Center. During the visit there were presented differences in National costume of Lithuania‘s regions, different colors, patterns and fabrics of separate parts of National costumes, the main features of Norwegian and Lithuanian national costumes were combined. Participants had a chance to see the workshops where and how the National costumes are made.
November 5th and 6th were dedicated to the trips outside Vilnius city. Project‘s partners visited Kernavė, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and also met the project partners from Krikštėnai village, Ukmergė district. Partners visited Museum of Kernavė Archaeological Site, where they did a fixation of linen processing tools and had a guided tour through museum‘s exposition and outside through the hill forts. Partners of the project were met very warm at Krikštėnai community center, here they saw an educational class „Path of linen“. Everyone had a chance to spin and to weave.
Partners visited Open-Air museum of Lithuania in Rumšiškės on 6th of November. Partners got acquainted with everyday life of 18-20 c., linen processing, crafts of spinning and weaving. Museum‘s stuff was very kind and treated the guest with herbal tea, local bread, cheese and honey.
November 7th was dedicated to visiting galleries. First of them was gallery of weaving – Jūratė manufactory. There were presented the craft of weaving, activities of the gallery and everybody had a chance to weave. The second was the gallery of A. and A. Tamošaičiai „Židinys“, where were presented its founders (Tamošaičiai), their works and huge efforts to protect and to maintain Lithuanian traditions. Project partners got acquainted with National costumes of different Lithuania‘s regions, several weaving loom, founders‘ personal things. The last gallery – The Old Crafts Workshop, where were presented workshops, the main activities and the biggest consideration was put into Lithuanian textile and its features.
November 8th was the last working day of the visit. Project partners had a meeting at The Old Crafts Workshop about creating the plan of mobile exhibition, how it would look like, what materials, real tools, posters will be needed, etc.
Fine Crafts Association of Vilnius is sincerely thankful to Lithuanian Folk Culture Center and its Folk Art specialist Danutė Keturakienė, Museum of Kernavė Archaeological Site Head of Museum‘s Collections Jadvyga Purvaneckienė and museologist / guide Andrius Janionis, Krikštėnai village community educators of „Path of Linen“ Dalia Banišauskaitė, Stela Banišauskienė, Janina Svetlikauskienė, Open-Air museum of Lithuania in Rumšiškės Head of Domestic Life, Trades and Crafts Section Janina Samulionytė, higher museologist Sigita Žukauskaitė and Erika Nenartavičiūtė, head of weaving gallery „Jūrate manufactory“ Gražina Kuzminskienė, head of A. ir A. Tamošaičiai gallery “Židinys” Laimutė Lukoševičienė, spinner and weaver of The Old Crafts Workshops and craftsmen club Masters of the Manor Virginija Rimkutė and to all the contributors for your help organizing this visit and collaboration during it.