Folk crafts

Folk crafts represent a wide area of traditional folk culture. Craftsmen were making various tools, clothes and other useful things. The best known crafts in the Orava region were pottery, stonemasonry, wood-carving, linen making, bell-founding and building.


The rich pottery tradition dates back to early past times. The pottery guild in Trstená was established in 1870. During this period there were about 30 pottery masters and each one of them owned a workshop together with their apprentices. Pottery was common in villages such as Oravský Biely Potok, Podbiel, Tvrdošín and Nižná. Nowadays the typical pottery tradition is continued by Mr. Ľubomír Hoľma from Trstená. The samples of his work can be found in the Orava village Museum in Zuberec.


One of the best known and oldest stonemasonry centres were established in Oravský Biely Potok. The well-known workshop of the Belopotocký family was making statues and grave stones. In the present, this craft is continued by a stonemason Milan Hudec.


In the second part of the 18th century, many wood-carving workshops were founded. Quite known are sculptures displayed at Slanica Island of Arts at Orava Reservoir. Nowadays, there are also several wood carvers in Orava such as František Pánik, Pavol Papp, Ján Špuler and others.


The traditional folk crafts in the Horná Orava area (The Upper Orava) have not disappeared completely yet. They are widely represented of which the best example is the participation of craftsmen at the exhibition called „the Folk Crafts Days“ in Trstená or at „the Turzo Crafts Fair“ in Oravský Podzámok.

Photo galery

Ukážka z tradičnej trstenskej keramiky-taniere
Ukážka z tradičnej trstenskej keramiky-krčahy
Ukážka z tradičnej trstenskej keramiky
Ukážka z tradičnej trstenskej keramiky-šálky
Darčekové predmety
Umelecké výrobky z hliny

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