Treasury of the Countryside of Beltinci
Treasury of the Countryside of Beltinci
Treasury of the Countryside of Beltinci


One of the rare traditional crafts still preserved in Prekmurje with long-lasting tradition in Lipovci is knitting straw products. This handicraft skill has been preserved in Lipovci for 50 years and three families still perform it. They knit rye straw by using wheat ears just for decoration. The procedure of preparing the straw for knitting is very important. First, the unripe rye is being cut, dryed and cleaned. Before knitting, the straw has to be moistened so that it is easier to bend.
Typical straw products are doužnjek (chandelier), vases, baskets and other decorative and appliable products.


Wood is one of the oldest materials man has been using. Making of wooden krničke (troughs) and vessels of different size was broadened in the villages of Beltinci.  Different wooden vessels were used for washing and cooking. Nowadays appliable fine-designed wooden vessels are still being made in Beltinci.


In the past, crepe paper products were an important component of customs and celebrations such as weddings, festivities at Easter, Christmas, priest's first mass after ordination, confirmation, recruitments etc.. Homes, crosses, wedding guests, pozvačin and Maypoles were decorated with crepe paper products. Nowadays, this skill has still been preserved in the villages of the municipality of Beltinci.


Gančani is a village placed in the middle of intensively cultivated plain, well known for cooper's trade. In the past there were more than 40 coopers in the village. They were manufacturing barrels, wooden pails and tubs using hardwood such as oak and acacia. The modern technology  has caught the coopers as well, so the products today are  completely machinemade. Nevertheless, coopers are still happy to present the manufacuring of barrels and please the admirers of this old trade.

Pannonian Slovenes had built floating mills on rivers and streams long before the arrival of Hungarian tribes to the Pannonian flat. Wheat, corn, rye and buckwheat were brought to mills. The majority of work in mills was done after the harvest. Mills started to disappear with the appearance of electricity: »Electricity had to be paid, but water was free. «. The mill in Ižakovci is a floating mill. The new mill in Ižakovci  started to be built in 1996 and is a work of a carpenter and a miller. It is included in the tourist offer with its milling products and activities. 

Melinci is known for traditional ciglarstvo (brickworks) – manufacturing and burnig bricks. Villagers used to manufacture and burn bricks not only in Melinci, but also in the neighbouring villages and other places in Slovenia.
The activity started to slowly die away, and in 1960s it totaly disappeared.
The presentation of manufacturing and burning bricks is held by the local Tourist Association Brod at the annual festival Ciglarski dnevi (Days of Brickworks) in Ciglarsko naselje (Brickmakers' Settlement) since 1993.


In the first half of the 20th century a newspaper in Prekmurje, Novine, was looking for hemp and flax and pointed at the necessity of growing flax. But not every farm in Prekmurje grew flax. Towels, tablecloths, shrouds, bedclothes, trousers, shirts, aprons and women’s’ and children’s underwear and were made from linen. 
Flax was produced till 1955. For the purpose of tourism and its cultural events in Ižakovci, they started to grow it again in 1992. At different events, women – members of the tourist association DKLI Ižakovci show the procedure of the production and manufacture of flax and hand-woven linen. 

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