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Natural felted wool slippers make a practical and tasteful gift from Cres, where the bleating of sheep hangs in the herb-scented air. Each pair of slippers crafted by the Ruta Society is unique: muted or zanily colourful, the choice is yours. Your purchase helps promote local crafts and environmental protection. Contact Udruga Ruta, Zazid 4a, Cres, tel. (+385-) 098 31 30 29, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ruta-cres.hr.
2. Pag and Lepoglava Lace
The islands of Pag and Hvar and the inland town of Lepoglava north of Zagreb each have their own tradition of lacemaking. Pag lace is made with needles alone. A certain visual austerity and geometricism lends an unexpected modernity – a framed piece of lace makes an authentic yet chic decoration. Lepoglava and Hvar lace is made on bobbins, Hvar lace from thread derived from local agave plants.
Pick up Pag lace at the Pag Lace Gallery, Trg Petra Krešimira IV, Pag, tel. (+385-23) 60 08 30, email@example.com, www.pag.hr. Open: Until June 20th 09:30 - 12:00 and by request. June 20th - September 20th Open 09:30 - 12:00, 20:00 - 22:30. For Lepoglava lace contact the Lepoglava Lace Cooperative at Hrvatskih pavlina 7, Lepoglava, tel. (+385-042 ) 77 04 27, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lepoglavska-cipka.hr. Open 09:00 - 15:00, Sat 10:00 - 14:00 and by request.
3. Lipa Rugs
A sustainable souvenir with a provenance is a rug made using traditional island techniques from remnants of fabric from manufacturing folk costumes. These rugs can be used to protect your table or can be scattered on the floor. Contact the Lipa folk costume workshop on Prvić island at Ulica IX – 3, Prvić Šepurine, tel. (+385-) 098 964 65 84, email@example.com. Alternatively, if you're in Šibenik visit the Croatian Island Products Shop at Medulićev trg, or the souvenir shop at the Barone fortress.
4. Stone Pestle and Mortar
Cool, white and reassuringly heavy in your hand, there's a timeless elegance to Brač stone. What better choice for a piece to take home than a pestle and mortar? They look good, and they're handy for crushing herbs and grinding spices. You can find them in the Dražen Jakšić's L&D workshop at Put varoša 3, Supetar, Brač, tel. (+385-) 098 907 04 68, firstname.lastname@example.org, also in Split in the basement of Diocletian's palace or at a stall in the centre of Korčula town.
5. Kunjska spara
A kunjska spara is a decorative circular cushion with a hole in the middle. Intriguing, you might say. Indeed! They were used to cushion the loads that women used to (and still do) carry on their heads on their return home from the fields. You can find them on Pašman island, contact Marija Grdaš, Put studenca 27 Tkon, tel. (+385-23) 28 53 45, email@example.com.