Even in the mid-20th century the traditional rural environment in Slovakia was characterized by self–supply. People tried to be self–sufficient; their needs were mostly satisfied by their own efforts. Thus they had to be handy and to master various skills and crafts transferred down the generations. 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 the protection of unique traditional 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 on the edge of extinction. They also contributed to the continuation of original regional profiles and local diversity of folk production. At 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.