Sardinia’s crafts were born based on the necessity of every day life; weaved baskets and potteries for storing food, knives for the shepherds and farmers working in the field or just simply to slice food on the table and woven fabrics for tablecloths and blankets. Over the centuries, Sardinian crafts became more decorative and locally refined; motifs of designed elements have been introduced using flora and fauna elements or geometrical patterns and colour schemes on the textiles became much more expressive and localised. All the crafts here are made still using traditional methods, and make for perfect souvenirs. Now guaranteed by I.S.O.L.A. (Istituto Sardo Organizzazione Lavoro Artigiano), an organization set up in 1957 to promote craft activities in Sardinia, the craft industry has been since growing and getting much deserved praise of their own.
The Artisan Craftsmanship of Sardinia
Sardinians discovered the importance of “cutting tools” in everyday life as early as the Nuragic era and have been making knives ever since. Rare skills are involved in making these knives; all hand-made and only using traditional methods and Sardinians have been mastering these skills for ages.
Since the Ancient Times
Practiced almost exclusively by women, weaving and embroidery have been the richest form of expression and provided important economic power to women in rural Sardinia. The ways of making this art form is passed down from generation to generation and their stories are told in motifs that are taken from the natures, animal kingdom and geometric patterns.
Power to the Women
Tapestries, rugs and wall hangings from Samughero and Ulassai
Shawls (Scialle in Italian) from Oliena
Filigree Jewellery from Cagliari, Alghero and Dorgali
Ceramics from Oristano, Sassari and Assemini
Weaved Baskets from Castelsardo and Oristano
Knives from Arubus and Pattada
What we brought back
And some edible delights but we finished eating them all before getting a chance to snap the photos…