Slovenský ľudový umelecký kolektív

The School of Crafts ÚĽUV

Inscription in: 2015

Proposal by: Centre for Folk Art Production

Number of certificate: CTLK-RZ-AKTIVITY-2014/01

Definition of element

Even in the mid-20th century traditional rural environment in Slovakia was characterized by self-supplying. People tried to be self-sufficient; their needs were mostly satisfied by their own production. Thus they had to be handy and to master various skills and crafts transferred from generation to generation. Consequently handmade production was of high quality; it has considerably influenced the specifics of material culture in particular localities.

When the Centre for Folk Art Production was established in 1945, it started to support handmade production. The aims of this organization included protection of traditional unique technologies and patterns as well as their documentation. The employees of the Centre were in a permanent contact with manufacturers and production centres. They also organized advanced courses. Their work influenced manufacturers’ creations and revived several manufactures that were at the edge of extinction. They also contributed to continuation of original regional profiles and local diversity of folk production. In the beginning of the 1990s the Centre for Folk Art Production’s courses for manufacturers were transformed to the courses aimed to teach any people interested in traditional crafts and manufactures. The courses are offered at three regional branch offices in Bratislava, Banská Bystrica and Košice.