Artistic handicrafts

Artistic craftsmanship in the Italian Riviera

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Artistic handicrafts

The wide variety of local handcrafted products are of such high quality that over time they have begun to be sold in other areas.
Local craftsmen have always been very good at working with the raw materials available locally or which were brought by the many ships that traded the area’s maritime routes.
Many types of important handiworks are still carried out according to typical methods, such as the Velvet in Zoagli, the Slate in the Fontanabuona Valley, the Chairs in Chiavari, the Lace in Rapallo and Santa Margherita Ligure.

Damasks of Lorsica

In the small village of Lorsica, located in the Fontanabuona Valley, in the hinterland of Portofino Coast, the antique art of Damask production still thrives.

Silk and velvet of Zoagli

The art of weaving silk and velvet in Zoagli dates back to the Medieval age, but this activity was developed starting from the 16th century when the local weavers gradually became masters in the production of very refined plain and damask velvets.

Pillow lace

The craft of making traditional pillow lace is typically found in the small cities of the Tigullio coast, where it was popular since 16th century, especially in Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino and Rapallo.

The Macramè

The name Macramè is of Arab origin and it indicates the craft of producing linens (tablecloths, towels, clothing accessories) with long fringes made from the same threads of the fabric, braided and worked with a series of knots into elegant patterns.

The Slate

Slate, the precious black stone, is the symbol of Liguria.

Chiavari chair

The Chiavari chairs, whose name, "Campanina", comes from the person who invented them in the early 1800s, are recognized by their slender, rounded shape which respects the natural curves of the wood.

The Corzetti

Corzetti, or “croxetti” in Genoese dialect, are a kind of fresh round shaped pasta typical of the Ligurian cuisine.