Fujara (fouh-yara) is a unique type of a flute that can only be found in Slovakia. It is made out of wood, it has three holes and the length between four to seven feet. It is also known as the Slovak shepherds’ instrument. The instrument was included in the UNESCO list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
This traditional folk music instrument originated in a small region in central Slovakia called Podpoľanie. Based on old paintings and archaeological findings Fujara’s history goes back to the 12th century.
Fujara makers in Slovakia use various techniques to decorate the instrument. The most traditional techniques include carving and staining. The ornaments are created in by hand and therefore every individual instrument is a unique piece of art. In the recent years, the soothing sound of Fujara has been used in meditations.
The most expensive flutes cost around 1 000 €.