THE DRYING RACK - "TOPLAR"
||The drying rack is a peculiarity, because
it is in the area of Slovenia that it is most widespread and can be found
almost anywhere in the countryside. In the museum you can see the most
perfected architectural type of a drying rack - a double drying rack called
"toplar". People used it mostly for drying and storing hay and other agricultural
harvest. Under the drying rack they also stored all sorts of tools. What
is also worth mentioning is its symbolic mening, namely a dryig rack was
considered to be a symbol of stability of an entire farm.
The drying rack in the museum was built in 1892, which we know from
a date that is carved into a transversal beam at the front. It was brought
here from a village Prišlin in Croatia. Its curiosity are, without doubt,
the supporting handles, which were made in the shape of a stylized letter
s and are ornamented with rosettes, similar to those two carved into the
beams in the dwelling house. In the case of this drying rack the intertwining
of functional elements with those of folk art can be clarly noted.