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Dubašnica Folklore

The folk costume of Dubašnica is especially eye-catching.

The folk costume of Dubašnica is especially eye-catching. The traditional Mediterranean-style costume distinguishes itself with black or white calf-length trousers (brageše) worn by men, which feature a dropped seat.  A navy blue or black cap (klobuk), wrinkled shirt (košulja na grišpu), and  waistcoat (koret) complete the outfit. Women’s blouses have been adorned with lace since the 16th century. The women of Dubašnica wore three underskirts trimmed with beautiful lace,  visible during traditional dancing (tanac).  The underskirts were differently decorated;  the innermost, narrowest richly ornamented, and the outer and widest, less decorated.  Women’s folk costumes vary from the traditional black (črna)  of  bedena fabric, to red (črljena) of štanpanica fabric. Pleats, scarves of various colours (facoli), ribbons (kurdelice) and  knitted red socks (kalcete), complemented the vibrant  costume.

The traditional elements of Dubašnica folklore include singing (kanat) and dancing (tanac) accompanied by the traditional folk instrument (sopele). Singing and playing sopele is carried out in a unique narrow interval (a scale which was deciphered in 1925 by Ivan Matetić Ronjgov). This scale,  unique to this part of Europe, was therefore included in the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The Dubašnica folk dance, tanac, consists of four parts: korak, tanac na halop, prebir and tanac na versi. The entire tanac is led by sopele players, sopci, who play  a different melody for each element of the tanac.

The Arts and Culture Association Dubašnica-Malinska has been active since 1995. All the music associations of the island participate in the annual Krk Folklore Festival, held at the beginning of June.  It is a celebration of traditional costumes, kanat and tanac with over 600 participants. This folklore festival, the oldest of its kind in the Republic of Croatia (since 1935), is hosted each year by a different town.

Dubašnica folklore is presented  several times during the tourist season; a living, breathing ethnographic museum and essential part of all secular and religious celebrations.