Museum of Traditional Manual Weaving of Poozerye
The museum opened its doors to visitors in December 1998 in a building on Voykova Street, 1, which is an architectural monument of the late XIX — early XX century.
The museum tells about the peculiarities of hand weaving of the late XIX — early XX century in the Lake District — in the Polotsk, Glubokoe, Miory, Sharkovshchina, Verkhnedvinsk, Postavy, Dokshitsky districts of the Vitebsk region.
The exposition is located in three rooms, reveals the traditional process of creating woven products from planting flax to getting the finished product. Through folklore, rituals, and customs, a huge cultural stratum unfolds that carries weaving.
The core of the exposure is the Tree of Life. This motif symbolizes endless life and eternity. The tree is a special link connecting man and the Universe. The roots of the Tree talk about growing flax and its primary processing. The barrel symbolizes the process of creating tissue, and the crown tells about the mysterious world of symbols and signs, as reflected in legends and traditions.
Today, the Museum of Traditional Hand Weaving of Poozerje invites for general and thematic excursions, conducts museum and pedagogical classes, the play "King Herod". For lovers of antiquity, authentic Belarusian songs and traditional Belarusian games and dances, the museum offers to participate in annual folklore festivals: Christmas, Spring Meeting, Volobobniki, Richer. And the young couples museum invites you to undergo a stylized old wedding ceremony "How two rivers merged ...", aimed at ensuring the well-being of the newly formed family. For children and adults, a variety of workshops on traditional crafts are held.
The museum invites all those interested in studying and promoting the rich heritage of the traditional culture of Belarus to cooperate.