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Re: [Slovak-World] Folk trade--24

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  • William C. Wormuth
    Some years ago I visited Slovakia in the winter time,  staying for 16 days.  The second day I ame down with the with the flue, (chripku).  I was very sick
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      Some years ago I visited Slovakia in the winter time,  staying for 16 days.  The second day I ame down with the with the flue, (chripku).  I was very sick and my family had someone sit next to me 24 hours a day.
      One of them was her brother in law.  As he sat there, he began weaving small baskets as for eggs and fruit, some with handles.  I was amazed at his speed and dexterity.  When I left he gave some for me to take home to my Mom and Aunts.
      Later in my life an old friend here wove the traditional Easter Monday "Korbac~".   His design was very intricate and he also worked very fast.

      Weaving Baskets and other items was a normal village task, now, (sadly), nearly lost in my town.

      Z Bohom,

      --- On Mon, 1/24/11, Fedor, Helen <hfed@...> wrote:

      From: Fedor, Helen <hfed@...>
      Subject: [Slovak-World] Folk trade--24
      To: "Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com" <Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com>
      Date: Monday, January 24, 2011, 3:31 PM


      Basket makers were spread throughout almost all of Slovakia. The important export centers were villages in the northern S~aris~ region and in eastern Slovakia. Baskets were sold by the individual producers, but most were sold by traders, who would also purchase other goods, such as wooden dishes, from the Nove' Mesto nad Va'hom region, Stara' Tura', and from villages of the Povaz~ska' Bystrica region in northwestern Slovakia, all important production centers of wooden items.

      Baskets made from chopped sticks [wicker?], called by traders prusa'ki, were bought in Krakow. Almost all northern and northeastern European countries were important markets. Traders operated in Galicia, the Russian Empire (Moscow, St. Petersburg), Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the entire Kingdom of Hungary, and the Austrian Empire. Individuals also visited England, France, and Italy.

      At the beginning of the 20th century, there were as many as 150-200 basket traders in Belovez~a [east of Bardejov], one of the traders' villages. Evidence of the quantities exported also comes from information that, at the end of the 19th century, 10-20 traders loaded up 4-6 wagons with baskets.

      Traders' conditions varied from country to country. Although they did not need an official permit to sell in Sweden or Denmark, they were allowed to sell their goods only after the payment of a high customs fee. Conditions were better in Russia, where they sold their items after paying for a permit. In Russia, these traders were called "avstriitsy s korzinkami" [Austrians with little baskets].(26)


      All opinions my own

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