ABOUT THIS PROJECT
The NGO project “Meshtra – Traditional Knowledge and Crafts” , “Greetings, Master! How did you build it?” with the support of the National Culture Fund provides the documentation of the knowledge and skills of the local craftsmen in Strandzha for the construction of the traditional houses in order to preserve and popularize the old building techniques and their transmission. This is a condition for the development of a sustainable traditional architecture.
One of the main objectives of the program is the collection and synthesis of knowledge by local craftsmen, which will subsequently be implemented within the workshops under the guidance of the craftsmen themselves. In this way, we have the opportunity to combine theory and practice with the aim of intangible cultural heritage – the knowledge and skills of the old masters of the typical construction techniques for the area to be preserved, transmitted and popularized. At local level we aim to raise awareness of the value of the traditional house architecture and the importance of traditional practices and materials.
The research is carried out within the Strandzha Nature Park, which also allows for the close interconnection of the intangible and tangible cultural heritage with the natural heritage. Both the people from the village of Bulgari and the guests of the fire-dancing gathering will be able to take part in the project; the time and venue of the program take into account the significance of the intangible cultural heritage, the authentic fire-dancing rituals and celebrations and the traditional craftsmanship related to the architectural appearance of the area.
In the long terms, local residents will have the gathered and documented knowledge and will be able to apply it to the proper maintenance of their properties.
At the national level, the project aims to lay the foundations of a large archive preserving traditional knowledge and techniques in the form of photo, audio and video materials which will be open to the public.