Factory Dalmatinka, founded in 1951 in rural area of Dalmatia in Croatia, was the leading manufacturer of sewing thread in East-Central Europe. It was declared to be most successful company in Yugoslavia at the time. After an economic and political crisis, Yugoslavia broke up bringing along privatization and bankruptcy and hence, losing a large part of the market. Thus Dalmatinka bankrupted and closed in 2009.

That would be its shortest systematic story description. However, photographer’s aim here was to unburden the factory from its complicated political connotation. Her approach was ultimately poetic and everything in the factory she sees as remarkably peaceful and exquisite, like frozen in time. 

Beneath all the dust, stories of people who used to work here will never vanish. 80% of the workforce accounted was female population and in the beginning women behind the machine were thought to be notorious. Observing the photographs while imagining all those lives vibrating and thread being made, they convey a certain nostalgic mood. The place suddenly seems tired and left in the realm of memory. 
Svi za jednoga, jedan za sve : All for one, one for all
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Dalmatinka

Documenting an urban ruin, that once was a giant manufacturer of sewing thread, proclaimed as the most successful company in Yugoslavia at the ti Read More
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