Ethno network, in cooperation with partners - the municipality of Kučevo and NALED, with the support of Coca Cola HBC, organized a knitting colony in Ravnište.
The colony was organized in celebration of several important anniversaries that preserve our cultural heritage of Serbia - the 55th event called “Homolje motifs” that preserves and nurtures the rich heritage of the area, and the 20th colony of the Ethno network, which celebrates 20 years since it was founded in Novi Sad in 2003 with the support of USAID.
Knitters in Ravnište made motifs from gloves and socks from that region. Women from Leskovac, Pančevo, Novi Pazar, Sremska Mitrovica, Knjaževac, Sombor, Veliko Gradište, Kladovo, Valjevo and Loznica gathered for this demanding task in the colony. The hosts of the colony were women from the local association Enthusiasts of Kucevo, who have been in the Ethno network since its foundation.
Institutional guests, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture Maja Gojković and director of the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade, Marko Krstić, spoke about the importance of preserving cultural heritage in the service of tourism development and economic empowerment of women.
General Director of Coca Cola HBC, Svetoslav Atanasov spoke from the role of host and patron of Ethno Network about the importance of corporate support for heritage preservation initiatives. The Mayor of Kučevo, Ivan Rajičić, hosted the diplomatic delegation, that visited the cultural center to get acquainted with the work of the famous Kučevo painter Dragan Kecman, and to experience Vlach customs, including dancing on stilts. After visiting the colony in Ravnište, the diplomats had the opportunity to try their hand at gold panning, taste the gastronomy of Homolje and visit the exhibition organized in honor of Prince Lazar.