In the company of craftsmen and artisans

Craft and handicraft trades are present in many Slovenian towns. Some of them stand out especially for their inventiveness, with which they conquered the world in the past and even in some places today. Some places have literally become a byword for certain products, such as lace, wood, pottery and forged iron products. Craftsmen and artisans are keen to reveal their knowledge and skills to visitors, and in some places, they even encourage them to put their artistic and handicraft skills to the test.

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Ribnica – the cradle of woodenware

If you ask someone in Slovenia where to find the best wooden products or woodenware making, you will almost certainly get the answer "Ribnica". Woodenware making has been rooted in the Ribnica valley for several centuries, after the Austrian Emperor Frederick III issued a "Peddlers’ Patent" in 1492 and thus ensured that this industry in the Ribnica area flourished. The inhabitants of Ribnica are also able potters, eager to showcase their skills to anyone who takes an interest in this trade.

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Idrija – a town of mercury, lace and žlikrofi

Idrija is a UNESCO-listed heritage town. Firstly this is because of the heritage of the mercury mine, featuring the famous Anthony’s Shaft, the oldest preserved entrance to the mine, inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. And secondly it is due to the tradition of lacemaking, which has made it onto the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List as well. Lacemaking is also present elsewhere in Slovenia, but Idrija lace is recognised as a special type of bobbin lace. Meanwhile, Idrija is also famous for its culinary delicacy of small dumplings, called žlikrofi in Slovenian. 

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Radovljica – from artistic iron forging to brass artworks

A walk through the charming old town of Radovljica tells you a lot about the craft and handicraft tradition of the town and its surroundings. The old town centre is illuminated by unique hand-forged street lamps from Kropa, while the majestic buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries host handicraft workshops that still operate today and share their knowledge with visitors.

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Local art and craft products reflect the diversity of the Slovenian landscape and the character of individual areas. Keep a part of Slovenia with you and choose unique products with the Art&Craft Slovenia certificate. Or if you’ve been won over by Slovenian cuisine, why not take a selection of gourmet treats home with you?

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