Clothes softening machine. Made exclusively of dalmatian oak wood which guarantees sufficient material hardness and machine endurance, which suffers great workloads.
Woollen fabric – CLOTH
weaved out of domestic wool in a traditional way demanded additional processing to serve the purpose: for clothing, coats, carpets, blankets,... Newly weaved fabric had a hard weaving texture, without good termic and tactile features.
Mode of operation
Processing was conducted in these stupas by hitting with wooden mauls, through rolling and compressing fabric. The proces would start with a wet procedure in which the water would constantly flow onto the fabric with alternate maul hits. After few hours the water would shut and the mauls would continue their work. Through the following hours the excess of the water would dry out and the fabric would remain wet and would gradualy be heated. In such conditions the fabric texture would change, the hair would be extracted from the weaving process in a specific way, making the surface of the fabric steady and soft. The whole process took around thirty hours. During the process of “stamparing“, stupa would stop and the fabric would be taken out and “shaked“ (similar as with the linen and the pillows), then again taken back for further processing.
Look of the woollen fabric
Fabric was mostly 90cm wide (elbow or yardstick, an old measure) and mostly came in three different colors: white, black and multicolored; a blend of the first two. During the stamparing the quantity of the materialhad to be controled. If there was too little fabric the mauls would hit the body of the stupa – baba, which was the noise that could wake at night, and if there was too much fabric the stupa would heavily roll the fabric which could lead to slowdown. The optimal quantity would be about 50 yardsticks, or about 40m in length. Such fabric would be quadrupled by folding and then temporarily sewed by simple stitches on the edges to get greater volume and less length, and to ease the processing, while after the processing it would be unstitched, released at the whole length and then put to dry out. Colours also had to be controlled because white and black weren't supposed to go together, otherwise the hair would mix and the fabric would lose the basic colour.
Stupa stopped working in 1991 after the owner at that time Šimun Aljinović almost lost his life under it. Shortly after that people stopped making the traditional fabric.