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From Sobotište crafts

Steiners– so- called „barveníci

Alojz Richter, the founder of the blueprint production in Sobotište, was born in 1792 in Saxony and received a certificate of apprenticeship in Vienna. They moved to Sobotište together with his wife and in 1825 founded a blueprint workshop. Five generations of the Richter family were replaced by the craft. The last blueprint master in Sobotište was Leopold Richter. Blueprint products were also sold well at markets in the wider area and in meter textiles shops in Senica, Myjava and Holíč. The patterned canvas was used mainly for the production of clothing, linen and tablecloths. The workshop ended its forced operation in 1952.

Cutlers– so- called „nožíci

Production and repair of knives, scissors and various kitchen utensils had a long tradition in Sobotište. In their work, the masters used high-quality steel made of military materials such as bayonets, bayonets and sabers.

Ropemakers-so- called „štrankári“

The production of ropes was dedicated to the Albrecht family, who started making ropes in Sobotište in the second half of the 19th century. Rudolf Albrecht was born in 1870 in Budapest and came to Sobotište as a 15-year-old. He was trained craft at his uncle (also Albrecht). The craft was taken over by his son Rudolf Albrecht Jr., who continued in production until nationalization. Subsequently, for several years, produced ropes for the local cooperative farm.

Ropes were mainly used as halters for tying cattle and leashes, tying bales, straw, grains and various other purposes.

Wheelers-so -called „kouári“

They were mainly engaged in the production of wooden wheels, making wagons, sledges, coaches, various wooden tools and tools. In the earthly mansion in Sobotište in the first quarter of the 20th century there was a wheelbarrow workshop with the flats of the Baumgartner brothers. After his brother’s death, Cyril Baumgartner took up the craft.

Shoemakers-so -called „šustri“

Of the large number of shoemakers, Jozef Pullmann was one of the most famous in the first half of the 20th century. His apprenticeship can be found in the Samuel Jurkovič Cooperative Museum in Sobotište, issued on 8 February 1915 by the Vienna Shoe Association. Pullmann was also the last forstand (chairman) of the Novodvorany Society. Another well-known shoemaker in the interwar period was Karol Zelenka, who, together with Jozef Pullman, learned from a master in Vienna. He was known for producing quality men’s and women’s shoes, boots and lace-up shoes.

Hatter-so -called „širačníci“

The Wény family had been nicknamed the „širačníci“ for many years in Sobotište. The last trained hatter was Ignác Wény, who operated his workshop until nationalization in 1950. The workshop was located in his house. In the interwar period, there was also a shop of hats, cap hats and cashmere scarves for women. The hatter was also Ignatius Weny’s grandfather, who specialized in men’s black hats.


There were several carpentry workshops in Sobotište, in the first half of the 20th century Juraj Zelenka and Jozef “Pepi” Čederle were among the most famous carpenters. Juraj Zelenka, who was born in 1896, was known for the precise production of wooden parts of houses, especially windows, doors, staircases, railings and floors. He was a sought-after master of special wood furnishings and furniture orders from wide area. Jozef “Pepi” Čederle was a master in furniture and marquetry. His workshop was located at the lower end of the former Uhorská street.

Millers trade

Habans in Sobotište owned three mills, the first was located directly in the Haban court (the so-called Upper Mill), then it was the mills in Dolina and Lawn. The millers processed the grain into flour and other products (eg groats,barley).