Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Traditional manufacturing of Darss doors

Darss doors are of great recognition value for villages along the coastline in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. They have become a symbol of local identity. The traditional and regional production of Darss doors is closely linked to the maritime culture of the peninsula of Darss. The craftsmanship enjoys cult status and great popularity. Knowledge has successfully been passed on in the course of six generations.

Facts & figures

  • Crucial date: throughout the year
  • Inscription: 2018
  • Domains: traditional craftsmanship, arts
  • Where to find: Fischland-Darß-Zingst

Contact

Verein zur Förderung der Heimatpflege und des Darß-Museums e.V.
Antje Hückstädt
darss-museum@ostseebad-prerow.de

Fischland-Darss-Zingst is an isolated peninsula of the Baltic Sea. Its population has its roots in the nautical culture. This culture prompted a quaint construction and home décor, namely the so-called Darss doors. The craftsmanship encompasses carved house doors that have a long tradition on the peninsula of Darss. Especially in the villages of Prerow, Wieck and Born, which are particularly influenced by maritime culture, the artistic work of Darss doors found complete expression and has its origin in the 18th century.

The peculiarity of the doors is found in their motives. They draw on the abundance of ancient folklore depictions: illustrations such as trees of life, flower pots, suns, tendrils or anchors adorn the doors. Exchanges with Scandinavia, the Mediterranean and Asia also influence these particular motives. The craftsmanship of the Darss doors is mainly practiced by one small sponsorship. Starting with full-scale sketches to find the optimal proportions of each door, the craft requires accuracy and precision. Afterwards, lists of wood are created and dimensions are registered. Many a detail is only determined during the actual work, being an expression of as a free artistic production.

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