Cilipe

February 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Croatia travel destinations

Čilipe is the cultural centre of Konavle district. Čilipe is known for their folklore events at which tourists can get to know the Konavle tradition and national costumes with the characteristic silk embroidery.

The Konavle costume and embroidery are well-known characteristics of this region, not only in Croatia, but in the entire world. The costume used to be an indicator of the social status of Konavle locals, especially with women.

The Konavle embroidery is the fundamental decorative element of the women’s costume, which was embroidered on the vest and sleeves. Originally it was embroidered in silk obtained from the silkworm that was reared at home and the silk coloured with natural colours.

Cilipe folklore

In Čilipi, the Native home is located, a museum harbouring a rich ethnographic collection of the area. For nature-enthusiasts, a walking path and bike trail are located between Čilipi and Cavtat, along which endemic plant species and protected animal species can be found. In the village Pridvorje, beneath the slopes of the highest peak of Konavle Snježnica (1,234 km), the duke’s palace was constructed in the 15th century.

The palace is a protected area with the source and upper flow of the river Ljuta, along which numerous mills from the era of the Dubrovnik republic are located. After 1550, the system of the “lower mills” was constructed, preserved until today as a protected cultural monument. On the hill road towards Bosnia the fortress Sokol or Soko Grad is located, also from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. The fortress has been reconstructed and offers visitors an amazing view of the entire Konavle.

Peninsula Prevlaka, which closes the entry into the gulf of Boka Kotorska, is under special protection on account of its natural values and microclimate. The fort on cape Oštro was constructed in the mid 19th century and is one of the more important Austro-Hungarian forts on the Croatian coast.
(photo: cilipifolklor.hr)

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