Globalization and industry have made products from any part of the world easy to purchase around the world. People can start a shoe company in South America and sell their products in China without having a big logistic operation. Handmade products from every country are very special because you can purchase, or take if you go on vacation, a little piece of culture, tradition and history in every piece you buy and are very trendy nowadays. Handmade products are the most expensive because they are unique and there are no other products similar to it. Handmade products from Latvia come from ancient traditions and are handmade with special treatments from artists that make them absolutely unique and unrepeatable. These products are ecological, beautiful and functional. Handmade products from Latvia include knitwear, engraving, costume jewelry, jewelry, leather goods and fabrics. The most popular are jewelry and household production that come at very low prices. Let’s see some of these products that are crafted in Latvia and sold around the world.
Ceramic product creation is one of the oldest crafts industries in the world. In the Stone Age people in the world started to use simple clay to prepare the dishes where they would store excess farm and cook meals. Latvians have manufactured the majority of kitchen tools from ceramics. In latvia ceramics from the latgale region are very common because they create every product as a work of art. Some examples are jugs, bowls, candlesticks, kitchen set, dishes, figurines, and much more. There are recognized ceramic brands such as Laima Ceramics and Viadava Ceramics.
Crochet is a centuries-old craft art that comes from the word in French for hook. Using this popular needlecraft, you can create beautiful fashion and home decoration projects such as tops, hats, ponchos, scarves, doilies, tablecloths and bedspreads, and baby clothing. Latvian folk ethnography crochets have been seen since the 17th and 18th centuries making tuckers, aprons, towels and some parts of sheets. In some counties dress shirt collars were very popular. Currently Latvians also create crocheted tablecloths and little different forms of Blankets. Today Latvian crochets are used in high fashion for individual costume parts and well-made crocheted tablecloths, design objects, jewelry and anything that the market demands. One of the most well-known crochet brands from Latvia is Knit Like a Latvian.
Engraving is as old as the human history goes. The first tools used by our ancestors were made out of wood and were used on wood. The use of wooden tools can be seen in ancient China and Egypt. Ancient Latvians very quickly learned how to transform trees into tools for preparation of farm items, weapons and furniture. Engraving techniques then became very popular with the arrival of Christianity when they needed an altar or a beautiful art piece for their temples. Latvian engraving is a well-preserved classic woodworking tradition (both as a craft and as art). The most popular items are wooden tableware, bathhouse products, window frames and tools.
Wearing jewelry or wearing accessories is a part of Latvians, for women and men alike. No matter the situations, weather or moment, Latvians love to have decorations on their body. Latvian jewelry is very traditional and important among people that still have traditional values as jewelry indicated a position in the ranks of society. The first jewels were made from amber, bone, horn or animal teeth. After some time jewelry began to be produced from metals – bronze, iron and gold and silver and glass. Some of the typical designs in jewelry from Latvia are the unique Namejs ring, which has now become an unofficial recognizing sign for Latvians in the world, pins, brooches as well as other ancient Baltic jewelry. People should open their eyes around the streets of Old Town in Riga, because they will find a lot of handmade jewelry and stores / galleries where people can purchase particularly subtle, excellent jeweler made masterpieces. A much recommended place to visit is the Baltic Jewelry Museum, where people can not only look, but also buy a copy of ancient Baltic jewelry.
Weaving is considered one of the traditional crafts in Latvia. In the past, women that were going to wed had to prove themselves by making a garment or dowry for the house and then the bridegroom could know if his wife will be good at the craft arts. In Latvia weaving was used in easy to cook materials, such as skin flakes or rough wool threads. When communities stopped being nomads and people could settle down, weaving for practical functions began to transform into a decorative art. Weaving can be seen in Latvian folk costumes, especially in honor costume accessories such as belts ( Lielvārdes belt)
Some products that come from the mind, history and hands of Latvian people and that will be setting a trend for this year´s fashion.