The website of the Regional Centre for Handicrafts (CRAA) aims, in its essence, to promote and divulge the certified handicraft products.
The Regional Centre for Handicrafts is an executive service of the Vice-Presidency of the Regional Government of the Azores, which is responsible for the implementation of regional policy in the areas of development and appreciation of traditional products, including the regional handicrafts and artisanal companies, professional training and the coordination of multifunctional initiatives with development in the local environment.
CRAA develops a consistent and diverse annual plan, acting on four areas that are considered fundamental: Research/Certification, Training, Artisan Support and Promotion. The development of these areas involves the certification of products, editing publications, organizing exhibitions, promoting workshops, workshops and training activities, providing support to the artisans, namely through the incentive system.
Training in handicrafts responds to market needs while contributing to the qualification of a new generation of artisans and providing them with technical and scientific knowledge combined with traditional knowledge. The training is a bet on the revitalization of the traditional crafts characteristic of each island and the recreation of more contemporary products, through the project Hora do Ofício, the workshops of the Azores Craftlab – Azores Handicraft Incubator and the Creative Residences.
CRAA develops a diversified annual activity plan based on the pursuit of the following objectives: to value the handicrafts of the Azores, to promote the commercialization and promotion of the handicrafts of excellence that are made in the region and to awaken children and young people to arts and crafts, with the clear objective of ensuring their sustainability. In this sense, it promotes and organizes several markets within the Açores Artesanal and MUA – Urban Market of Handicrafts, Prenda – Handicrafts Festival of the Azores and Raízes – Pedagogical Project of the Azorean Handicrafts.
Artisan is the worker who carries out a craft activity, on his own or on behalf of others, inserted in a recognized handicraft production unit, which requires mastery of the knowledge and techniques inherent to the activity in question and refined aesthetic sense and manual expertise. Recognition of the status of artisan is done by awarding a title called an “artisan certificate”.
The collective brand “Artesanato dos Açores”, a certification of origin and quality implemented in 1998, aims to contribute for the appreciation, promotion and marketing, especially in the foreign market, of products traditionally manufactured in the Region. The projection of the brand is also based on the accountability of the artisans, as the main interested in distinguishing their product in the market, obtaining a certification seal.
Ponta Delgada, January 9, 2020 The Vice Presidency of the Government, through the Regional Center for Handicrafts (CRAA), opens Friday, January 10, at 6pm, the exhibition “Creative Residence 2019 – Ceramics and Vegetable Fibers”, at the polo de Vila do Porto from the Museum of Santa Maria. The project ‘Creative Residence in Ceramics and Vegetable […]
Ponta Delgada, November 25, 2019 The Vice Presidency of the Government, through the Regional Center for Handicrafts (CRAA), promotes, under the Craft & Art project, the participation of Azorean companies in URDI – Cape Verde Handicraft and Design Fair, which takes place in Mindelo, in Sao Vicente Island. The 4th URDI, which runs from […]
Artesanato dos Açores participates, for the first time, at the Comptoir Helvétique International Fair, in Lausanne, Switzerland, in an initiative of the Vice Presidency of the Government, through the Regional Center for Handicrafts (CRAA). Comptoir Helvétique, which takes place from September 13 to 22, is an international fair that welcomes around 200 exhibitors and receives […]
The Regional Government of the Azores, through the Regional Center for Handicrafts (CRAA), promotes the “Açores Artesanal Semana dos Baleeiros”, from August 19 to 25, in Lajes do Pico. This exhibition counts with the participation of 19 handicraft companies from Terceira and Pico, which will present works in the areas of embroidery, lace, home textiles, […]
The Vice Presidency of the Government, through the Regional Center for Handicraft Support (CRAA), opens Tuesday, September 3, the exhibition “Creative Residency 2019 – Ceramics and Vegetable Fibers”, at CNAD – Center for Art, Crafts and Design of Mindelo on São Vicente island in Cape Verde. The exhibition, which will be open until September 30, […]
An ordinance published today in the Official Gazette recognizes Corvo’s beret, one of the treasures of Azorean knitwear, as a artisanal product that is part of the collective brand of origin “Artesanato dos Açores”. The Vice-Presidency of the Government, through the Regional Center for Handicrafts, is responsible for creating the collective brand “Artesanato dos Açores” […]
Ponta Delgada, May 10, 2019 The Government of the Azores promotes “Empreendo o Meu Negocio” in Ponta Delgada The Vice-Presidency of the Government, through SDEA – Society for the Entrepreneurial Development of the Azores, promotes, from May 13 to June 18, the first action of the project “Empreendo o Meu Negocio” for 2019, which will […]
Ponta Delgada, April 15, 2019 The Regional Center for Handicrafts promotes the Creative Residence in Matiz Embroidery The Vice-Presidency of the Government, through the Regional Center for Handicrafts (CRAA), promotes the Creative Residence in Matiz Embroidery, between April and December, in Ponta Delgada. This Residence is dedicated to the innovation and market repositioning of the […]
Ponta Delgada, February 6, 2020 The Vice-Presidency of the Government, through the Regional Center for Handicrafts (CRAA), will launch on Friday, February 7, at 5:30 pm, the products of the Creative Residence of Embroidery in Matiz at the ‘Azores in a Box’, in Ponta Delgada. This Residence, dedicated to the innovation and market repositioning of […]
Angra do Heroísmo, February 2, 2020 The Vice-President of the Government handed this Saturday, in Angra do Heroísmo, the Azores Handicraft Award – CoMtradição to João Pereira, the island of Terceira. For Sérgio Ávila, it is an acknowledgment and a tribute to a craftsman who has contributed, since the 1960s, to boosting the economy […]
Ponta Delgada, 27 January 2020 The Government of the Azores, through the Vice-Presidency, will open, between February 17 and March 31, the application period for the Incentive System for the Development of Handicrafts of the Azores (SIDART) for this year. Applications must be made exclusively online, on the website of the Regional Center for Handicrafts […]
The launch of the book “Doçaria Açoriana – Da História Que os Gestos Contam” is integrated into the Program of the European Artistic Crafts Days. The ceremony was at the Luís da Silva Ribeiro Public Library and Regional Archive, in the city of Angra do Heroísmo, on April 1st. The book is authored by the anthropologist [&[…]
Following the certification process of weaving in the Azores, in June 2001, the then Regional Economic Affairs Secretariat, through the Regional Centre for Handicrafts and under the patronage of the Presidency of the Regional Government made this year a dedicated period especially for weaving, not only giving it the quality status it deserves, through certification […]
Even today, very few are the houses whose doors are locked and, ironically, this is the home of one of the most unique pieces of the Azorean handicrafts, wooden door locks from Corvo. Most likely is the last stronghold of a medieval time when raw materials were scarce, but abundant was the ingenuity and the […]
“Rendas dos Açores – Ilhas do Pico e do Faial” is the published result of a partnership project between the Regional Secretariat of Economy, through the Regional Centre for Handicrafts, the Association for the Regional Development, Adeliaçor, and the Association for the the Development of Patrimony, the “Alvião”, which in 2004 aimed at the promotion […]
As if they were gold threads, wheat or rye straw are crafted by the genius of the women of Faial over white or black tulle. The predominant decorative element is the ear of the wheat, although other vegetal elements are part of the exquisite pieces connected to women’s fashion, such as ceremony dresses, veils, kerchiefs […]
White and clean, Terceira’s embroidery reveals the influence of the island of Madeira and the English embroidery favoring Richelieu and full stitches. Towels, sheets, pillowcases, bedspreads and doilies are some of the pieces that were part of the brides trousseau of Terceira´s elite and now are the main offer of the Azorean textile market with […]
The typical embroidery of São Miguel is characterized by two shades of blue on linen in “matiz” stitch. Smooth and harmonious, it reflects the rare beauty of the islands. Botanical and countryside themes such as clovers, “gavinas”, brambles, ferns, carnations and intertwined hearts predominate. Since the 30’s of the 20th century, embroidery won the domestic […]
The most admirable lace of the archipelago are made in Pico and Faial. They are of great quality and with recognized artistic and ethnographic value. Its basic elements are the “rosettes”, with various forms and names. It is in the harmony which the rosettes are linked together, with a variety of stitches, strictly numbered, that […]
Vila Franca, in S. Miguel, and Angra do Heroísmo, in Terceira, are the production centers that continue the traditional pottery of the Azores. The “talhão” as an important reservoir of water or cereals in the past and the “talha” or “bilha” (clay jugs) utilized in the transportation of liquids are now much appreciated pieces in […]
A indústria cerâmica da Lagoa, que se afirma ao longo do século XIX e da qual não se podem excluir ligações à indústria cerâmica do Norte de Portugal, deu início à produção de faiança nos Açores com o fabrico em série de peças pintadas com flores e outros motivos […]
The local production of tile assumes some importance only from the second half of the 19th century, when it was founded the first ceramic factories in the islands of S. Miguel and Terceira. These local productions tiles lined the façades of urban buildings and walls of chapels in storied compositions, in cobalt blue tones, or […]
The sculpture of typical customs produced in the ceramic factories in the city of Lagoa, in the island of São Miguel, was not intended only for tourism promotion of the islands of the Azores, but also linked itself to the Christmas tradition of the “assembling of the Christmas crib”, promoting the development of the current […]
Weaving is one of the first and oldest traditional industries of the archipelago, as well as an effective response to the limitations caused by insularity. The art of loom, in wool and linen or cotton, is thorough, time-consuming and demanding. The beautiful bedspreads, quilts, patchwork carpets, regional attires, blankets, straps or doilies with geometric designs […]
Of Secular tradition, “queijadas da Vila”, a sweet originary in the St. Andrew’s Convent, the first in the Azores of the 1st Rule of St. Claire, built in 1533. In the late 18th century, nuns of Dutch and Spanish origin came to the “convento da Vila”, who made the “queijadas” according to a centuries-old recipe. […]
It is a dark corn cake, covered with powdered sugar and with an intense aroma of cinnamon and honey cane, typical of the island of Terceira. It got its name during the visit of the kings of Portugal, D. Carlos and D. Amélia to Terceira in 1901. For what is known, it was offered to […]
It is a regional sweet from Graciosa, famous throughout the archipelago. Of delicate flavor, star-shaped, the outside dough presents itself as thin and crispy and hosts a filling of eggs and milk. For some years this delicacy was exclusive to the homes of Graciosa, when it was still known as “covilhete de leite”, a must […]
A regional sweet from the island of São Jorge, is presented as small ring-shaped cookie with host dough, struck across the top, leaving a glimpse of brownish filling. Previously, the “espécies” were named “bichos doces” (sweet animals), in which the filling was made with homemade bread, roasted and ground in “atafonas” (a mill moved by […]
From an historical and geographical point of view, the production of “Biscoitos de Orelha” is confined to Santa Maria, making it a reference product of the “Mariense” cuisine. This biscuit was an usual presence in “Marienses” homes, on festive occasions, such as in the pig slaughter, weddings, festivities of the Holy Spirit and Christmas, occasion […]
“Bolos Lêvedos” are small cylindrical cakes, slightly sweetened, with a porous mass and slightly browned crust, baked on the “sertã” (frying pan) or in a metal sheet, sprinkled with flour. It is a traditional specialty of “Furnas Valley”, with a great economic impact associated to the opening of the Hotel Terra Nostra, in 1935, becoming […]
The “Alfenim” is a sweet made with sugar, water and vinegar, of an ancient oriental recipe and with a long history. It reached the Iberian Peninsula by the hands of the Arabs who called it “al-fenid” that means that which is white, pure. The Spaniards took it to Mexico and the Portuguese to Brazil. From […]
Vegetable fibers formed, such as wood, one of the first natural resources within reach of the inhabitants of the Archipelago of the Azores. They were easily obtained from the reed, bamboo cane, bulrush, wicker and dragon tree. The agriculture indirectly provided other plant matter such as corn leaves and wheat straw. Among the varied objects […]
The diversity of fish in the sea of the Azores, influenced the artistic imagination of the Azorean artisan. The scales are cleaned in several waters and transformed into delicate petals or leaves that, later are shaped with scissors, with great skill, composing flower clusters. The more traditional works are mainly flowers, of the most varied […]
From the white matter of the core of fig branches, the artisan with patience and a steady hand, creates beautiful and delicate figurines typical of the Azores. The oldest works of Euclides Rosa, are exposed at the Museum of Horta. Nowadays, the pieces made of the fig tree kernel include floral motifs, mills or sailing […]
Authentic miniature Christmas cribs, perpetuate the birth of Christ throughout the year. The central theme is the cave that houses the Holy Family, all the other elements of biblical or everyday scenes are organized around it, through small figures of painted pottery, fragments of rock, moss, plants, flowers and tiny sea shells . Within domes […]
The cult of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres, of great devotion and attraction, is also the reason for the creation of the “Registo”, a beautiful piece in homage to the patron. It was the monastic work of the Sanctuary nuns, competent in many of the manual arts. Nowadays it´s a piece of interest for many […]
Produzidos segundo as técnicas da cestaria, apresenta-se como um artefacto cheio de simbolismo, evidenciando uma atividade própria, identificadora da sua origem, durante muito tempo confinada ao Pico e generalizada às demais ilhas em meados do século passado, quando começaram a ser exportados para a América. Uma das atividades que caracterizou a freguesia de Santo Amaro [&[…]
These locks, a traditional production on the smallest island of the archipelago, associated with rural life, some still remaining, especially in agricultural shelters, are an emblematic product of the local handicraft that has maintained its relevance throughout the centuries, becoming inseparable from the history of the Region and the people from Corvo. In the production […]
Casing is another technique applied to wicker and complementary to the basket work. Using similar techniques, using the same materials and tools, are lined glass bottles, chair seats and a series of pieces of furniture, created from a wood or metal structure that is then lined and ornamented with wicker braid.
A arte de trabalhar as fibras vegetais revela um entendimento da terra, do clima, dos ciclos vegetativos, das plantas e suas características. Revela, também, saberes antigos e técnicas transmitidas de geração em geração. Os açorianos sempre procuraram dar resposta aos desafios do seu quotidiano, demonstrando imaginação e engenho na aplicação e transformaçã[…]
O junco, a cana bambu, a espadana e o vime são fibras endógenas. Mas rapidamente se aproveitaram outros elementos vegetais resultantes de novas culturas que se foram introduzindo nas ilhas dos Açores, como o trigo o milho e o centeio. De entre os variados objetos produzidos a partir das fibras vegetais, os cestos de vime […]
Wicker work was not restricted to the production of baskets. In the 19th century, emerged the making of furniture to suit the romantic fashion of summer villas and winter gardens. Wraping is another technique applied to wicker and complementary to the activity of a basket maker. Using similar techniques, using the same materials and tools, glass […]
The ’12-string guitar’, arriving in the Azores in the 15th century, assumed common characteristics in all the islands, maintaining its primitive features, but was acquiring different tunings and particularities. Thus, it becomes the most typical musical instrument of the archipelago of the Azores , playing over time an important role in the festive singing, dances, […]
The beret from Corvo, whose origin is lost in time, but the production endures to this day, is done in tricot with a set of 5 needles, originally with local wool dyed in dark blue with a narrow bar (grega) , worked with the traditional natural white. In some cases, in the edge is also […]
Agriculture provided, indirectly, but in abundance, raw material for a variety of artifacts, some of a functional nature, such as mats. Parallel to basketry, this artisanal production initially played a complementary role to agriculture and adapted itself to domestic needs. Corn leaf, wheat straw, bulrush, reed or even dragon tree leaf doormats represent a […]
The Azores have a wealth of handmade creations both linked to specific economic activities such as the popular art and the imagination. In fact, are many and varied works of interest and quality produced by our artisans. In the midst of a variety of techniques and materials used, it’s elevated the authenticity in which they […]