Magical Folk Art & Crafts Fair

bobbin lace making

Art and crafts have always been a great love of mine.

A few days ago, I was very lucky to visit a fair dedicated to the traditional folk art and crafts of my native country – Slovakia.

The whole experience was just magical. That is probably the best word I can use to describe the feelings I had when I was watching a selection of very old crafts being demonstrated by the most skillful craftsmen right there in front of my eyes. They are the crafts that helped my ancestors live better and nicer lives. And the best thing is that those traditions are still alive.

I am very thankful to the kind people who came to demonstrate their skills in front of curious people like me and I am also thankful to the people who want to keep the old traditions alive and organize this great festival. It was an amazing, sentimental and important touch with the wisdom of the past. Just have look…

 

bobbin lace making

Bobbin lace making.

 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

blacksmithing

Blacksmithing.
 

blacksmithing
 

blacksmithing
 

cooperage

Cooperage.

 

cooperage
 

cooperage
 

cooperage
 

painting on glass

Painting on glass.
 

painting on glass
 

painting on glass
 

wood carving

Wood carving.

 

wood carving

Chiseling wood.
 

wood carving
 

wood carving
 

chiseling wood
 

chiseling wood
 

chiseling wood
 

making wooden spoons and dishes
 

making musical instruments

Making musical instruments.
 

weaving on loom

Weaving on loom.
 

weaving on loom
 

weaving on loom
 

cast brass bells making

Cast brass bells making.
 

tinkering

Tinkering.
 

heart made from wire
 

gingerbread decorating

Gingerbread decorating.
 

gingerbread decorating
 

gingerbread decorating
 

gingerbread decorating
 

making products from leather

Leathercraft.
 

making ceramics

Making ceramics.
 

ceramics
 

making ceramics
 

crooked needle embroidery

Crooked needle embroidery.
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

making wooden toys

Making wooden toys.
 

decorating Easter eggs

Easter eggs decorating.
 

decorating Easter eggs
 

decorating Easter eggs with wire
 

decorating Easter eggs with wax
 

making whips

Making whips.
 

making shepherd’s dishes

Making shepherd’s dishes.
 

making herding sticks

And making herding sticks.

 
I hope you enjoyed this tour of traditional folk arts and crafts.

And, by the way, which craft is your favorite?

Love,
Petra

 

11 thoughts on “Magical Folk Art & Crafts Fair

  1. 1
    Fiona says:

    It’s lovely to see all these crafts still going strong. My father was a woodcarver in his spare time and my mother liked doing embroidery … but bobbin lace is the one that fascinates me. Would love to try it one day!

  2. 2
    Kangaroo says:

    I like herding stick making and blacksmithing most, especially the one where the pretty lady sells the products. Good crafts need good advertisement, too. 🙂

  3. 3
    sara says:

    Hi dear Petra.
    I love your website. Every time I see your posts , I enjoy so much.
    The wooden crafts are amazing and Crooked needle embroideries are beautiful too.When I was watching your photos , I really wanted to be there and I will come there one day and I hope that I can see you face to face dear Petra. Thank you so much.

  4. 4
    Sandra says:

    How wonderful to see all these traditional arts and crafts being kept alive by talented craftsmen and women. I just love the bobbin lace and the sculpted horses, especially the rocking horse! The traditional dress worn by the artists is so lovely. I have a wooden spoon with a heart carving like the ones shown above. Maybe it was made in your country?

  5. 5
    OLIVIA says:

    oh my gosh, where to begin. I love everything, wish I was there! I love the gingerbread decorations the best!!!

  6. 6
    Adriana says:

    Amazing fair. I love this staff. Easter eggs are beautiful, wish I could do like these in me Art&craft club with students. I like all your photos, thank you for putting them up so we can feel the atmosphere. Lovely. There used to be art & craft fair in Italy, in Soveria when we go for holiday but they stopped doing for past few years, I hope it would return.

  7. 7
    Kangaroo says:

    Happy 4th anniversary zoomyummy.com! 🙂

  8. 8
    fariba says:

    Dear Petra , Thank you for beautiful photos of the crafts. 🙂

  9. 9
    Nur says:

    Dear Petra, looking at the photos is already magical. I love all of them. My favourite is the gingerbread

  10. 10
    Lena says:

    I went to the fair too and I loved it so much. It was really inspiring.

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