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Traditional Crafts

Traditional Crafts

Creativity and centuries of know-how

As a manifestation of traditional arts, as well as a reflection of Algarvian culture, society and economy of former times, the arts and crafts industry today produces work that has become a source of delight for tourists.  Producing some decorative products but mainly objects of practical use, the arts and crafts industry represents the creativity of people who know how to use the region’s natural resources in practical and creative ways.

Goods produced by the weaving industry, which still continues in the Algarve, are the most commonly sold craft products.  With a wide range of items on offer, which include blankets, floor runners, towels, fine linens, and vivid rugs, you are spoilt for choice.  Even if the most popular goods, e.g. earthenware objects, may have lost some of their practical purpose they have acquired ornamental value, which makes them desirable and, therefore, much sought after items.

Other objects, such as the attractive dolls which are reproductions of everyday people, wooden pieces, copper and wrought iron, decorative lacework and different types of baskets can be purchased easily in the many specialty shops spread across the region.

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Weaving Also a traditional art in the Algarvian mountains, weaving is part of a cultural heritage still alive...
Dolls from Martinlongo and Querença Doll making is a very elaborate craft which portrays daily life in the Algarvian villages, especially in the interior...
Lace work and Bobbin lace There is a popular saying that, “where there are nets, there is also lace”...
Copper and Wrought Iron Forging iron and beating copper are traditional activities in the Algarve...
Wicker, Basketry and Matting Two of the main craft activities in the Algarve are matting, which consists of thin, coiled palm leaves plaited in different styles...
Pottery, ceramics and wall tiles

Distinctly representative of traditional crafts, the Algarvian pottery industry knew how to keep up with trends...

Cork route The history of cork production in Portugal is intrinsically linked to São Brás de Alportel, an Algarvian...
Wood

As the basic raw material in the manufacture of many objects, wood continues to form part of Algarvian craftsmanship...

Updated on: 21-10-2014

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