These two parallel ropes connected by small pulleys between two houses where the clothes are dried can also be seen in Italy, Portugal, Spain…it is interesting to tourists and their cameras.
Even today, the old town of Split uses Tiramol, the rope that dries the laundry.
It is usually placed on two opposite windows of two houses or buildings.
Using two fixed rollers on both sides, the rope is pulled and the laundry clips fasten the laundry.
Using the same tiramol, neighbours often exchange a few words…
It is often the case that using tiramol neighbours borrow food as well.
They simply throw it in a basket or bag and pull the rope to the other side.
They also return the borrowed the same way.
Tiramol banned in some Croatian coastal towns?
Opinions are divided about the new decisions on the communal order (enacted to align with the Utilities Act of last year) introduced provisions to ban tiramol in some Mediterranean cities and municipalities.
They forgot that the stone walls, the tiramol on which the laundry is dried and „škure“ (wooden window accessory) are part of the Dalmatian tradition.
Something similar was proposed in 2008 in Split, but the citizens still struggled to prevent the ban of the characteristic laundry dryers „Tiramol“ in the neighbourhood Get in Split.
In the Mediterranean cities Šolta, Rijeka, Kolan on Pag, Mljet, Kaštel where Tiramol is banned, citizens will be fined 2000 kuna for using a popular method of drying laundry.
Tiramol played a huge role in part of the Dalmatian tradition, and although local communities that made such communal decisions wanted to influence those citizens who hang laundry in parts of a public-facing building, they forgot that their cities have old centers and tiramol that could have been exempted from these decisions, and besides they are part of tradition and have always been a true tourist attraction in all the charming narrow stone streets of Dalmatian cities.