Well, I am generally not fencier of lace work but several people that I met in Sao Luis were really enraptured with it. Therefor it slowly started to stimulate my curiosity too, haha.
When visited Raposa I was quite surprised at finding such number of shops making and selling lace work. Then I looked at the products in detail and was even more surprised. I realized how beautiful they are. And guess what? At the end I even bought one of those superb pieces of art and I'm still very happy with it:)
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What to buy: all kinds of tablecloths, blouses, dresses...
There are quite a few shops that offer a wide choice of traditional handicrafts and specialities from the region so it's nice to walk around and have a look.
What to buy: handicrafts: baskets, bags, purses - all made from straw or plant fibres, tiles in all forms, lacework, hammocks, woodcarving, leather work, cosmetic and health products as natural oils, soaps
specialities from the region: cashew nuts, tiquira, strong drinks with all possible fruits (and even lobster) added in the bottle, pickled peppers, honey, jam from local fruit
Association Carlo Ubbiali was created in 2003 by a group of people attached to father Carlo with the intention to give continuity to their ideas and projects referred to indigenous matters in the state of Maranhao.
Principal activity of the association is directing an indigenous school education to incentive the production of artistic pieces among indigenous communities of Maranhao. Association try to stimulate the production of indigenous art as an expression of cultural identity of the people.
Some time ago they opened a shop in historical centre Reviver where divulge and sell pieces of artistic production of indigenous people of Maranhao. Everything is made from materials found in the nature, mainly seeds and fibres of palm trees, characteristic of the state: babassu and buriti.
What to buy: a large assortment of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, baskets, purses, bags, T-shirts...
What to pay: from a couple of euros onwards