Now travel enthusiasts from all over the world sit in their homes, without anyone knowing how long this social isolation caused by the Corona pandemic will last, but this isolation gave them an opportunity to arrange lockers and remove dust from their tourist memorabilia that they forgot long ago.
These souvenirs range from wide-brimmed Mexican hats to strings featuring colored beads. The calm days now give many travel lovers an opportunity to rediscover beautiful moments and restore happy memories of the places from which they bought these souvenirs.
It often happens that travelers return to their homes, hastily empty their bags, then clean their clothes they wore at the time of the flight, and resume their daily lives again as usual.
These souvenirs, which were bargaining for their prices in the markets, whether they were hand-woven furnishings or small dolls that were covered in traditional clothes, or porcelain cups decorated by local artists, gradually lost their splendor under a layer of dust, and now such artifacts gain new importance after the curfew resulted Because those who are eager to travel in their homes.
Souvenirs purchased during previous holidays and during trips abroad are now turning into pieces of art reminiscent of times that were better and that things will go for the better.
But why do we bring souvenirs with us? What does it mean to us especially now when we can no longer travel?
Art historian Katrina Kopenfalner, who sells textiles from around the world in her store called "The International Treasury," says that "souvenirs are more than just souvenirs, they are often tangible remains from a world that has disappeared for us." For example, it displays hand-woven fabrics. From India you can no longer find her in Europe.
"The souvenirs have lost their minds because everyone has come to believe that they are just a folkloric thing that has no value, but in every civilization there is a culture that expresses itself in material forms that can be explored, and from here a very interesting history opens to you," adds Koppenfalner.
But it is not necessary for the souvenir to be a piece of art or something for daily use. In this regard, Copenfalner explains, “I think the T-shirts printed with the phrase I love New York are good too, and the souvenirs that some consider trivial or exciting for tenderness can cross About folk tales from the country that visitors go to, and therefore we must give them due appreciation. ”
"Souvenirs are often trivial things, sometimes of artistic value, but they are always fraught with emotions," said Wolfgang Kashuba, the world of human races. It also serves as a history of the traveler’s personal life, as if it were a kind of diary reminiscent of past events! ”
He adds that these things play an important role in helping people remember the various events of the past that they experienced. Even if it is not original, it can also help find a link to history.
Professor Kashuba notes that among the common fake souvenirs are pieces from the Berlin Wall. "Souvenirs are a piece of world history that you can touch and place on a shelf in your home. It gives you a physical experience that surrounds you with the feelings of excitement, nostalgia and jailiness associated with the place of visit," he explains.
Often visitors buy souvenirs for others, not for themselves, and it is a gift that may inspire friendliness and express friendship such as offering candy or a local drink.
However, the Corona pandemic now means that the current time is not appropriate for social gatherings, as most people are instructed to stay at home and avoid social mixing, and it will take a while before people start traveling again.
Hence, Kashuba says, people extract their souvenirs from lockers, which fuels feelings of longing for travel, and stimulates waiting with hope for a post-pandemic future.