A little more info
The local workmanship is known all over Brazil, and in other countries as well. It has a great variety of handicrafts such as laces, labyrinths, handmade embroidery', leather. straw and wood articles. The most traditional one is the lace, being the lace-maker woman, like the raft sailor, one of the symbolic characters of the state. This lace is produced mainly in the countryside and distributed to the coastal areas. Ceará also presents a rich diversity of carnauba straw, bamboo and liana plant in the confection of baskets, hats, purses and other objects, metal, wood and textile handicrafts. Textile ¡5 the principal unit for the production of hammocks. Leather crafts are another tradition in the state, and Fortaleza and Juazeiro do Norte are the main producers.
You can find them at the already mentioned Tourism Center and also at the Mercado Central, with 600 outlets. Besides these two, from 5 o'clock pm on, you can find at Beira Mar (beach side) a permanent fair, where the local handieraft is also sold.
With the most modern textile pole in Brazil, Fortaleza shows great development in the confection sector, having thirteen thousand factories and small industries. The main concentration of shops is on Monsenhor Tabosa Avenue, which offers the most varied confection articles with nearly four hundred stores. On the same avenue at 777, you can find Pallácio da Micro Empresa, support center for small businessmen from the state (SEBKAE). The Central de Artezanato Luisa Távora, in Aldeota, is a space for permanent art work expositions, with stores, snackbars and playground. In the Parangaba distric you can find Maraponga Mart Moda, the biggest center of ready-to-wear clothes in the state.