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Crafts and Artisinal

A brief history

Since time immemorial, Gozitans have nurtured a very strong spirit of survival. Very often they had to depend on the skills of their own island artisans to be able to live on an island that was isolated from the rest of the known world. The Arabs introduced cotton into Malta, from around 870, and along with it, expertise in weaving and dyeing. During the period of the Knights, Gozitan cotton linen was very highly sought after in Europe. Another centuries old craft is stone sculpting. A look at Gozo`s churches and houses reveals a craft that has produced highly appreciated architectural artwork.

Despite the mass emigration of the fifties and the sixties as well as the introduction of modern trends and accessibilities that we today are accustomed to, many traditional crafts have survived. These skills were passed on from one genertion to another. Artisan products which half a century ago had a practical use in daily life, gradually started to adapt to a new reality in the tourism sector which appreciated hand made goods manufactured in Gozo. These products – ideal gifts and souvenirs of Gozo- are now looked upon as objects d`art.

Despite the mass emigration of the fifties and the sixties as well as the introduction of modern trends and accessibilities that we today are accustomed to, many traditional crafts have survived. These skills were passed on from one genertion to another. Artisan products which half a century ago had a practical use in daily life, gradually started to adapt to a new reality in the tourism sector which appreciated hand made goods manufactured in Gozo. These products – ideal gifts and souvenirs of Gozo- are now looked upon as objects d`art.

Ta’ Dbieġi Crafts Village

The Ta` Dbiegi crafts village in Gharb is a cluster of workshops where handcrafts are made and sold. Visitors can find hand-made pottery, mouth-blown glass, leather goods, traditional pastries, Gozo lace and silver filigree.

Scattered around the island

Local crafts can also be discovered as one meanders across the island, in tiny alleys and small village workshops, there are hidden treasures of beautiful artifacts, a pure reflection of local colours and inspiration. A unique experience for anyone seeking to take home a genuine local product…like lace, for example. Making lace is fascinating to watch. The pattern is drawn up on parchment paper and holes pricked to show where the pins should be positioned to allow the linen ‘lace’ threads to be worked. Today, there are still lace makers that one can encounter in village streets, especially in summer when even artisans try to catch a breeze outside . Intricate lace is still being included in haute couture outfits which win international recognition and admiration.

Taste

Gozitan skills can not only be seen but tasted as well. There is a vast selection – try out Gozitan thyme honey, peppered goats cheese – Gbejniet, nougat and the unbeatable Maltese snack pastizzi, or what about Gozitan Olive Oil, a bottle of excellent wine or artisan beer – the only of its kind on the islands.

Gozo Artisans

Alda’s Traditional Hand Weaving

Weaving has been part of Alda’s life since her early childhood, at 5 years of age.

Joe Xuereb Stone Sculpture

Joe's art is closely linked with the prehistoric past of Gozo, a small island with its own distinctive character.

Thalia Stones

Fine Artist, mainly watercolour and oil - landscapes and seascapes are favourites.

Ilma Zahar

Ilma zahar is a clear, perfumed distillation of fresh bitter orange blossoms.

Gozo Rocks by Julie and Karen

Julie & Karen hand make and paint a range of products including key rings, jewellery, fridge magnets and pet portraits, to name just a small selection of our work.

Paolo Giordanella

Promoting artistry and take pride in presenting items that have been hand crafted.

connect2gozo Gozo Souvenir

Join us to glace and fire your chosen souvenir. Create your own gift box while your piece is being fired in our oven.

Gozo Mosaic by Mary Portelli

Mary has created a variety of mosaics and worked on a number of public-funded community projects.

Gozo Pottery Barn

Getting in touch with the elements, water and air to provide the plasticity for creating different forms.

Hakiri Handmade/Artisan Gifts

Founded to promote a better healthier life and to spread general awareness with captivating products.

House of Gozo

Making products that respect the environment values, using FSC paper, vegetable-based inks and sustainable material.

Leli tal-Melh

While visiting Xwejni Salt pans, the Cini Family will be always on site eager to explain how salt is harvested.

Lampuki Arts

A husband and wife team who believe that being creative is not a choice, it’s a way of life.

Lord Chambray Brewery

A craft brewery on the island of Gozo brewing and bottling approachable beer on this tiny island.

Ta’ Dbiegi Crafts Village

The oldest Crafts Village in Gozo boasting high quality craftsmanship which can be enjoyed on a daily basis.

Vini e Capricci by Abrahams

A gourmet food and wine shop where you can sample wines and food every day.

Jackie Roberts Steel Work

Decorative, functional and wearable art in metal using copper, mild steel and brass.

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