Publishing House: Založba ZRC
The monograph ('The Bread of Karst: The Village of Kopriva, Its Quarries, and Its Stonecutters') on the neighboring villages of Kopriva and Brje in the Karst region explores various aspects of stonecutting and the culture of stone in this important Karst stonecutting center and its area of influence in the last two centuries. After a geographical and historical outline of both villages, which install the stonecutting activity in time and space, the text describes local architecture and its characteristic features as well as quarrying products; particular emphasis is given to the carved inscriptions and the people they refer to. Chapters on the quarries of Kopriva and on people working with stone provide the core of this book. While descriptions of quarries focus on their history and traditional methods of extracting and processing stone chapters on the stonecutters describe the life of over two hundred quarrymen, stonecutters, and stonemasons from Kopriva and a number of other villages, all of whom worked in Kopriva. Provided are descriptions of end products made from the local stone as well as products, all made by the stonecutters in Kopriva, which can be found in other parts of Primorsko and in other Slovenian areas. The text includes a comprehensive vocabulary of dialect terms.
The monograph is of particular importance because it provides names of the hitherto largely anonymous stonemason products which are essential components of the Slovenian tangible and intangible heritage.