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Marjeta Hribar is a descendant of a miner from Zasavje, who once used despised and dirty coal to make renowned jewelery. Just as some go to the forest for mushrooms, she goes for coal!
Hribar is a coal jewelry designer. She is often asked by customers if they will have black hands if they touch him.
"Not at all. I protect coal. But it's true that when I look for it in the woods, it's still ugly, dirty and muddy. That's why each piece has its own nature, including its own strength. After I collect the coal, I 'drown' it in natural resins, soak it, because oxygen causes it to break down. Grinding and shaping follow! "
Her great-grandfather was a miner, therefore he still remembers how they once lived with this profession. Marjeta Hribar's childhood, like many others in Zasavje, was closely connected with the mining tradition.
"I remember the old mining wives tidying up the mining colony, how they baked bread, how they still had big cauldrons in which to cook laundry. These are things that today's children will not remember."
Marjeta Hribar not only makes jewelry, she has participated in various art projects, decorated three crowns for the Miss Slovenia competition, and even a line of footwear from a well-known manufacturer. She is currently preparing for the Grammy nominees' gift program, as her products will most likely be part of the gift package as well.