September 2022

Universale Domžale company straw hat

Universale Domžale company straw hat, the official headgear of the Olympic competitors at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

In the second half of 2022, the Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia will step into the shoes of Slovenian athletes, paralympians and sports teams. In cooperation with them, we are preparing an exhibition that will take visitors into the world of the greatest Slovenian sporting successes. In the month of September, we are dedicating the showcase of the month to sports, more precisely to the donation of Mr. Tomaž Levovnik, a well-known Slovenian physical culture and sports official.

In our textile collection, there is a straw hat from the company Univerzale Domžale, which was part of the official outfit of our Olympians at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona in 1992. The Games, which took place in the Catalan capital between July 25 and August 9, 1992, were the first summer Olympic Games, in which Slovenia participated as an independent country.

The flag bearer was Rajmond Debevec. The Slovenian expedition won two bronze medals in the first days of August. Iztok Čop and Denis Žvegelj won the medal in the coxless pair, while Milan Janša, Jani Klemenčič, Sašo Mirjanič and Sadik Mujkić rowed in the coxless four.

The hat is part of a donation of a wide variety of items that were donated to us in 2021 by Mr. Levovnik. His donation, which includes everything from textiles to plaques, official mascots of the Olympic Games and much more, includes over 150 items. The showcase also includes the mascot of the Winter Olympic Games in Alberville in 1992.