Folk Art: Honey in the Honeycomb

Upper Slovenia may sound like Lower Slobbovia to the uninitiated, but all good apiculturalists know that this portion of the Alps, located in Yugoslavia, is headquarters for one of the sweetest forms of folk art ever practiced. From the early 1700s until the beginning of the 20th century, beekeeping flourished in Upper Slovenia, and mountaineers ornamented their long, flat hives with small, gaily painted panels. So beguiling are they that collectors from Switzerland, Austria and even France have lately taken to combing the hills to find them. And last week, to show their richness and variety, the Ethnographical Museum...

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