this picture and the next five courtesy of
Sophie Lepetit, from her weblog
In 1921 the village was hit by a major fire. Many houses had to be repaired.
In 1977 a government decision was made to the effect that the decorated houses and buildings were designated as cultural heritage.
In this way 136 houses and buildings got a protected status and became part of the world's first folk architecture reserve.
In Čičmany two houses, which also function as a museum, can be visited.
The Radenov house, one of the best preserved houses, has a general exhibition. It's open all year.
The other one is the neighboring Gregorov house, which has an ethnographic exhibition on history and folklore of Čičmany and its surroundings.
The decorations that appear on the houses in Čičmany are quite original.
They can be seen in embroidery in costumes worn by residents, but also in images on tablecloths and other forms of textiles.
Inhabitants of the village focused for a while on making handkerchiefs decorated with motifs such as on the houses, later they also started making felt boots, with applications based on these motifs.