The Centre of Traditional Technologies in Příbor is a branch of the large regional Museum of the Nový Jičín Region. It is a specialised institute focusing on historical handicraft closely tied to the rural environment. It mostly displays the outcome of research, supported by experimental verification and experimental reconstructions.
The research of the Centre of Traditional Technologies focuses mainly on the rural area of the Western Carpathians. The mountain environment of the Western Carpathians was a harsh environment where human survival was made possible thanks to the use of very primitive technologies for processing natural materials. Such primitive technologies demonstrate human adaptability, taking us not only into the world of traditional folk culture, but also to the prehistorical period and times of various existential crises.
Besides creating space for learning and finding inspiration in the experience of our ancestors, the Centre of Traditional Technologies is also an ideal refuge from modern technologies. There is absolutely no digital element, no virtual or advanced reality in the exhibitions.
The CETRAT offers a permanent exhibition called “Extinct world of handicraft“ to its visitors. This exhibition is dedicated to traditional technologies of natural materials processing. A number of original techniques which were used in traditional folk environment can be seen in four halls. The first hall features Příbor's slippers made by an anciet weaving technique using a special slipper mold.The second hall explores the history of yarn and textile production in broad context. Among many other attractions there is also a genuine shirt made from nettle to be seen.
The third hall showcases products of nature that used to be exploited by man in the past. Explore the hat made from tree fungus, the tree stump dish, the root, grass and blackberry baskets, as well as the cattail trug, the pine needle hat, the lace made of hair, straw or horsehair, and more.
An interactive experimentarium is situated at the end of the exhibition where visitors can try out various handicraft techniques under the supervision of an experienced lecturer.
“Extinct world of handicraft“ exhibition is about the relationship of man to natural raw materials, about the desire to transform things for their needs, as well as provides a reflection on exhaustibility and sustainability of natural resources. And thus the CETRAT is an ideal place where to take a break from modern technologies and also creates space for enlightenment and an inspiration in experiences of our ancestors.