Souvenir fair, Zagreb
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Find authentic local handicrafts at Zagreb producers’ fair

Ten local souvenir makers showcase their wares at Cvjetni trg in Croatia’s capital

Written by
Jan Bantic

Wherever tourism is booming, you’ll surely find a whole host of people selling souvenirs. Often, these little trinkets are cheap junk peddled on unsuspecting tourists. However, in this sea of kitsch, there are those who handcraft unique pieces as a labour of love, and that’s exactly what the Valuable Hands of Zagreb Souvenir Producers aims to promote.

From today, May 16, until Sunday May 19, ten local producers of art pieces, decorative household items, jewellery and more will be manning the stands at central Cvjetni trg, for an event that elevates the craft from the cheap. Organised in tandem by the Zagreb Association of Craftsmen and Zagreb Souvenir Producers, the goal of the fair is to highlight and celebrate those who combine their artistic talents with a mastery of their craftsmanship.

For example, one souvenir producer – Nocturno – is unique for both its aesthetic and the materials used in producing their pieces. Inspired by steampunk, these one-of-a-kind pieces combine old recycled computer parts and unused gears with classic woodworking techniques to create necklaces, earrings and more, while another produces backpacks and bags made of silk, flax and wool, all adorned with famous Zagreb motifs.

There will also be a series of workshops on Saturday (May 18) from noon, where visitors can learn how to make educational toys, silk-painting or play with dough to make cakes and figurines.

The fair will be open from 10am to 8pm and is free to enter.

Where: Cvjetni trg
When: May 16-19, 10am-8pm
Admission: FREE

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