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The furrier's trade, with its large number of guilds and workshops, was among the most widespread craft businesses in Slovakia from the Middle Ages and on. Furriers made a wide assortment of clothing parts, especially for folk dress, and were known for the large variety of their embroidery technologies [techniques?] and patterns. Although this craft was widespread, it usually only produced goods for the local market. Slovak fur coats were sold outside the area of Slovakia only by furriers from the Liptov region, in the marketplaces of southern Poland.
Other leather-working crafts (harness makers, saddlers, belt makers, etc.) produced mainly for the local market, and although they produced regional specialties, their influence did not reach beyond the borders of Slovakia.
Food crafts made up a great share of handicraft production. In some branches of foodstuff production, certain production localities became well known. In meat specialities, there were the frankfurters [sausages?] of the Spis~ region, made by pork butchers in Spis~ske' Podhradie, and the ham of Kos~ice made by butchers (crackling makers) from Kos~icka' Nova' Ves.
Among other foodstuffs, distilleries had a good reputation; they were spread out [widepsread?] in the Spis~ and Povaz~ie regions. Branded spirits, especially ones made of fruit (plum brandy, gin) and different kinds of liqueurs, were also well known. There were also regional baking specialities, but their importance was only local. A similar case was that of beer brewing and malt making.(9)
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