Saturday, April 23, 2016
New Shoe making program, Zlin, Czech Republic
The town of Zlín, Czech Republic is the home to footwear mogul Tomáš Bata but because the art of traditional shoemaking is slowly disappearing the town are now once again trying to revive the tradition.
According to Radio Prague, the Zlín Secondary School of Hands-On Trade and Crafts used to produce over a hundred shoemakers a year, but has not taught traditional shoemaking in 13 years. The craft simply disappeared due to a lack of interest. Whilst dozens of graduate shoemakers still ply the traditional shoemaking trade for an exclusive clientele, the majority of shoes sold in the country are now factory made. The hope is a new program can begin.