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Ajda Pratika

Dear reader,

The title of the book you are holding in your hands is composed of two Slovene words. Ajda and pratika.
Ajda means buckwheat, the plant-food we dedicated our attention and research to. Ajda is a plant and food which characterises the vernacular (food)culture of Slovenia since it thrived on its landscapes from the 15th century onwards and was slowly abandoned during the 20th century. Through this publication, we invite you to take a new perspective toward this plant-food and to discover why buckwheat is beneficial for our bodies and for the environment.
Pratika is a term which defines a specific type of almanack, very common in Slovenia. The structure and content of old pratike inspired our research and moved us to pro- pose a publication which follows some essential features of old pratike. As calendars in the shape of a book, pratike contained useful information about agriculture, the cycle of seasons and moons but they also included poems, stories, riddles and sayings. We tried to imagine what a super vernacular pratika would look like and how its interpretation could lead to new reflections on a specific plant-food, in our case buckwheat.


Published by: The project was created as part of the 27th Biennial of Design - BIO27 Super Vernaculars, Design for a Regenerative Future, which is produced by the Museum of Architecture and Design MAO in collaboration with the Center for Creativity CzK.

ISBN 978-88-945349-1-7
Financed: The project is co-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and the Republic of Slovenia. The project is implemented in the framework of the Operational Program for the Implementation of the European Cohesion Policy 2014–2020. The Centre for Creativity program is conceived by the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO).

Editorial group
Vida Rucli
Janja Šušnjar
Elena Rucli
Dora Ciccone
Kim Lang
Franca Lucchitta
Elena Braida
Graphic design
Elena Braida
Kim Lang
Franca Lucchitta