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Shoemakers of Tržič

NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION!
Tržič became Slovenia’s main shoemaking town

Over five hundred exhibited artefacts tell the story about the past life and work of shoemakers and about what kind of footwear from Tržič and elsewhere people used to wear. The display cases are complemented by audio-visual material and creative corners for children and adults.

It is possible to see how footwear was made by hand, the way of life of the shoemakers of Tržič, the footwear they made and wore in Tržič, how the Peko factory grew and developed, and the footwear of famous Slovenians.

Digital collection of shoes
Digital collection of shoes

Craftsmanship

Footwear was produced in artisanal fashion right up until the middle of the 20th century, partly also into its second half. This form of production has its roots in the 19th century and earlier. A special feature is the reconstruction of a Tržič shoemaker’s workshop in which you can see the tools and equipment used by a shoemaker for his work.

The life of the Tržič shoemakers

The life of a Tržič shoemaker meant being a member of a guild and following its rules as well as accepting the social structure made up of apprentices, assistants and master shoemakers. There are interesting testimonies about the particularities of the lives of shoemakers including how they caught birds, fed birds etc. They used to have a celebration on the eve of the feast of St. Gregory and went from house to house.

Saints Crispin and Crispinian are the patron saints of shoemakers but all that the people of Tržič knew about them was that they were born and died on a Monday. And this is supposedly the reason why shoemakers do not work on a Monday.

Footwear made and worn by the people of Tržič

Numerous objects on display show what the people of Tržič wore from the end of the 19th century to the present day.

The people of Tržič wore different kinds of footwear depending on their age and also for different occasions (confirmation, wedding, everyday wear, feast-days, sports etc.). There is also a presentation of how footwear developed globally and in Slovenia.

If I decide to build, I will build in the most modern way possible

Peko was founded by the Slovenian Peter Kozina. From 1903, when Peko was founded, it is possible to follow its development which had a large influence on the lives of the people of Tržič. It employed between several hundred and several thousand people and in its heyday it produced several million pairs of shoes annually.



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