PEATS Slovakia – Textiles

Dates: CANCELLED due to travel restrictions       24th July to 24th Aug 2021 (subject to travel requirements)

Number of UK Participants: 7 spaces + accompanying Person 

Duration: 32 days

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This placement is hosted by Krajina, a small organisation that works in eco-tourism, community development and cultural management. Krajina’s managing director is Miroslav Knezo, who is based in Stropkov, eastern Slovakia. The four week placement will give participants the oppportunity to develop their textile skills and techniques by working alongside experienced practitioners in the Stropkov region of Slovakia. Krajina have received groups of UK students through the Leonardo da Vinci programme since 2004 and have a great deal of experience in arranging placements for overseas visitors. Participants will fly from London Luton to either Kosice or Poprad, where they will be met by the host partner Miroslav Knezo. (We shall try for other airports, but can only book flights from airports that run the routes).



Kežmarok– participants will spend the first part of the programme at the town of Kežmarok. Lessons will be held at the local Secondary Art School. The first week you will learn sewn-lace (point lace) and gatra; the second one macramé and bobbin lace and the third one weaving on a frame. Kežmarok is an old town, a centre of Slovak education from the 18th century. It is situated at the foot of the High Tatras Mountains (the highest peak is 2634 meters above the sea level; we have 21 peaks higher than 2.000 m).

Michalovce – participants will also spend for one week at the town of Michalovce. Loom weaving at the workshop of a local folk artist for 2 days and fashion felt accessories for 3 days (TBC).

We will practice:

3 days – sewn-lace (point lace)

2 days – gatra

3 days – macramé

3 days – bobbin lace

2-4 days – weaving on a frame

2 days – loom weaving

3 days – felt accessories (TBC)

2 days – Slovak language lessons

The programme depends on number of working days.


Kežmarok – participants will stay in a family house (similar to B & B + dinner) with two students sharing a room.


Kežmarok – the house lady will serve you breakfast (at 8am) and dinner (at 6pm). Lunch will be prepared by yourselves (shared kitchen is fridge is  constantly stocked).

Saturdays – There will be trips (Cultural Days) mostly on Saturdays. We can choose some of them or we can add something, if you want, but the daily programme sometimes depends on weather etc. We will agree our programme for Saturdays (we can change it to be on Sunday or Friday sometimes), when you arrive.

Sundays – usually will be your days off (also depends on our agreement) – sleeping, sun bathing, swimming etc.

Working hours – 9 a.m. to 3-4 p.m. with a lunch break (Monday – Friday).

After working time – Sometimes arranged together. Everything depends on our mutual agreement. Helpers can show you places visited by Slovak young people. The programme of your leisure time can be arranged by yourselves. Discos etc

“Cultural days”

The Dunajec River raft (boat) trip; Spiš Castle; towns – Kežmarok, Poprad, Levoča, Prešov, St Jacob church in Levoča and a hiking (walking) trip in Slovak Paradise and/or in the High Tatras.



The EU Erasmus + funding covers return UK flights, insurance, food and accommodation. Participants will need extra money for personal purchases.

If you are interested in this placement, then please read through the information on the PEATS traditional skills main page. You will find the application form is available to download on this page, as is the “Quality Commitment” which all applicants have to read.

For past participant feedback, please refer to the Participants Report page.

for more details please read the PEATS Slovakia Textiles report 2018 by accompanying Person Louise Butler  who joined the group for 2 weeks.

NEW:  AP 2019 report on Textiles placement in Slovakia


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission

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