Fragments of the family economy of Istria
The family is considered one of the oldest institutions. That is why it represents a fundamental subject of various debates. This exhibition is an opportunity for ethnology to talk about the importance of the family in the past and about the everyday life on the family farm. A family farm (OPG) is based on a group of people, members of a joint household, who perform agricultural activity on a farm using their own or rented production units. According to the Croatian Encyclopedia, the economy is: acquiring, disposing of and managing the resources and abilities of individuals or human communities in order to satisfy their needs and desires.
From the above we can conclude that once the family and the economy were an inseparable whole, but today in the family economy an important role is played by school and education. In a family environment, one can no longer learn everything one needs to maintain the economy. In the past, the basic branches of the traditional economy in Istria were: animal husbandry, agriculture and fishing. Today it is also tourism. Family farms, whether in the field of agriculture, livestock or fishing, rely in part on the modern tourist industry.
Production: Etnografski muzej Istre / Museo etnografico dell’Istria
Author: Ivona Orlić
Graphic and exhibition design: Kristina Kalčić
Technical support: Dragan Dimovski