Silk is one of the oldest textile fibers known to mankind. During the Roman Empire, it was sold for its weight in gold. In Konavle Valley, near Dubrovnik, women keep alive the ancient craft of silk production, not for profit but for the sake of tradition and this excursion gives you the unique opportunity of not only learning about the history of silk and observe this cultural endeavor, but also produce your won silk thread.
Boarding your coach at the pier, you'll make the scenic drive to the Konavle region. The silk thread produced here is mostly used for embroidering the beautiful national costume of the region. In the 1990s, during the war in Croatia, the Konavle Valley was occupied by hostile forces and many of its houses were sacked and burned down. Along with the houses, hundreds and hundreds of handmade national costumes were lost. At the conclusion of the war, the women of Konavle decided to start from scratch so that they could leave a piece of their beautiful heritage for future generations. They started making the costumes even when they were still refugees. Several volunteer groups were formed to help with this endeavor.
Today, you will not only observe these women as they explain and demonstrate the whole process, from cocoon boiling, to thread reeling, dyeing, plying, reeling, weaving, and embroidering, you'll also be able to produce your own silk thread in this same age-old, traditional manner. The thread you produce will actually be used later to embroider new costumes.
Afterward, enjoy the hospitality of a host family in the village and connect with some of this ancient country's profound cultural values before rejoining your coach and returning to the pier in Dubrovnik.
Please Note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking; however, the venues are generally not wheelchair accessible and therefore; wheelchair guests are discouraged from participating in this tour. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.