Veli Iz suhozidi2Veli Iz suhozidi3Veli Iž is an island in Croatia with impressively rich heritage in drywalls. Particularly inspiring is the sightseeing of the dry-wall, which after the First World War, was built by gay from Veli Iž by the surname Marat. Unfortunately, very little is known about Marat because he did not leave direct descendants, and his living relatives and elderly locals do not even remember his baptismal names... but, as little as it is knows about him is enough to tell tragic and sad story about this man: Marat had a wife and a little daughter when he was recruited into the Austro-Hungarian army during the First World War. While he was in the battlefields his young daughter passed away, and his wife suffered a lot and ended her life in a mental hospital. Marat returned from the war without one hand ... and as people already know how to be cruel, they were found his nickname Single-handed... And, our Marat, this Single-handed, despite everything that touched him and despite his physical handicap, embraced the stone and built the best and most beautiful dry dry-walls ever constructed on this island... There has long been no Marat, but the most beautiful memories of him are the dry-walls that he left behind and which nobody has surpassed yet, and, let's not forget, the island of Veli Iž is full of all kinds of dry-walls...

Veli Iz suhozidi1...and these two gays are local craftsmen: Mirko Sutlovic (dry-wall craftsman) and Predrag Petrovic (pottery craftsman) - they are the only followers of the centuries-old tradition of these crafts here at the island of Iž, for the time being, until kids trained in our workshops grow up...

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