In the footsteps of theweavers

Retracing the weavers is a tourist trail leading through objects and places that are closely related to the traditions of the Polish-Slovak borderland. On the trail you will find 18 main facilities, as well as 2 additional ones: the open-air museum in Stara Lubowla and the Spiš Castle.

The route has a cross-border character, which means that there are places and facilities located on both the Polish and Slovakian parts of the border area.

The town where the trail begins is Przeworsk. It is a charming and very picturesque place located in Rzeszow Podgorze. Traditions of weaving have accompanied the history of the city since the early Middle Ages. The most numerous professional group in Przeworsk in the 17th and 18th centuries was made up of cloth weavers. The fabrics produced by them were widely known and desirable not only in Poland but also in Lithuania and in overseas countries.

A number of distinguished people come from Przeworsk. One of them was pharmacist of Ksawery Franciszek Kuhn. He founded in Przeworsk the largest mulberry plantation in Galicia, as well as a nationwide famous silk school. Thanks to his many years of hard work and perseverance, Przeworsk has become the "Silk Eldorado".

The history of the Polish-Slovak borderland is rich both in craftsmanship, handicraft and economy. Until the 1930s, the borderland was inhabited by the Boykos, Lemkos, Dolinians and Pogorzans, who cultivated flax and cannabis on a massive scale. As a result, in the Polish-Slovakian border area weaving industry developed very well , and one of the side effects of flax and hemp cultivation was extensive oils production.

Because weaving was an activity that required a lot of knowledge and precision, The production of various types of flax was carried out by qualified cloth weavers. The effects of their work were breathtaking and well known throughout the country.