Metylovice used to be a village in which the leather handicraft prevailed since the 17th century, changing the location's nature at all. The sudden and in fact unexpected decline of leather belt production and group of belt producers meant a great change in the appearance and structure of the village. Metylovice lost its regional exclusiveness and it blended with the nature of surrounding villages to a certain extent. Based on the extinct phenomenon of local leather belt production the process of the village community self-identification began gradually. It resulted in a strong relation to the past reality within a complicated process of forgetting and remembering in the course of the past fifty to sixty years. The specific extinct phenomenon of leather handicraft with whip production gained new qualities in the constructive process of collective memory strengthening. In the above case, the transformed ideal of leather-belts producing Metylovice plays a significant role in the development of strong local identification of the inhabitants with their village and its history.
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