As the name suggests, handicraft comes from the manual work of an artisan.

The most common thing is for the artisan to gather the necessary resources and work with his own family from home, from preparing the raw materials to finishing the pieces.

The most common crafts are made using clay, wood, leather, textile threads, etc.

One of the most notable qualities of Portuguese crafts is their authenticity. Artisans use traditional methods passed down from generation to generation. This connection with the past not only preserves ancestral techniques, but also provides invaluable cultural value.

The different regions of Portugal and its climate contribute their own distinct characteristics to the world of crafts. Alentejo, for example, is known for its tapestries, while Minho is famous for its quilts and embroidery. The Algarve stands out for its colourful ceramics, and Madeira is famous for its wickerwork and delicate paper flowers.
There are many pieces of craftsmanship recognized at an international level and the most appreciated are perhaps the Azulejos from Lisbon and Aveiro region, the Pottery of Barcelos and Caldas, the Madeiran embroidery, the famous Barcelos Rooster and the Figurado of that region, and the typical Swallows and Sardines. All of them are a magnificent reminder of Portugal and an almost obligatory souvenir.

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