Until the first half of the 20th century, the vast majority of newborn babies in rural areas were lulled in cradles, which are still a symbol of birth to this day.
A detailed look back in time shows that this rocking device for putting babies to sleep was a relatively late arrival in Slovenia – it was not until the 19th century that it came into widespread and mass use.
Initially, it was a product of self-taught and handicraft joinery, but later it was increasingly elaborated and painted with religious, floral, and geometric motifs.
Among the common symbols painted is a star with four or five arms, the so-called ‘mora’, which was painted on one of the shorter sides of the cradle. According to superstitious beliefs, this sign was a defense for the child against the harmful effects of the plague.
At the SKRINA Ethno gallery, we have developed a collapsible cradle that is easy to transport and suitable for sending by post.