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English craftsmanship: the ultimate souvenir

 

Wherever you visit in the world, it’s nice to be able to take souvenirs home. Whether you’re looking for yourself or for a friend, this is the perfect way of having a reminder of the trip. If you’re travelling to England, the country is renowned for a range of traditional crafts that would make the perfect souvenir.

When you’re browsing through gift shops, you can be overwhelmed by the variety that’s available. Britain has a range of traditional crafts that it is famous for, including steel, glassware, ceramics, textiles and jewellery. These can all be found in some form in gift shops and would make the ideal souvenir of your time in the country.

Beautiful ceramics

China Tea CupsEngland is home to some of the finest bone china in the world, and the industry dates back to the 1800s. There are a number of famous names within the ceramics industry, and for generations it has been centred on the area of Stoke. With this long standing heritage and the commitment to continue making handmade and personalised pieces, it is no wonder that many tourists flock to pick up these types of pieces in gift shops. The items that are available include mugs, plates and bowls; you can choose from intricate and traditional designs or souvenirs that mention the attraction or area you’ve visited.

Delicate glassware

Another of the traditional British crafts that would make an ideal souvenir is glassware. This is one of the earliest forms of the manufacture of jugs and containers. The Romans introduced glass blowing to the country, and the first signs of a true glass industry emerged in 680AD. Dartington is one of the most famous names in the market, with products ranging from champagne flutes and wine glasses to tumblers and water glasses. The lines are created by highly skilled craftsmen and perfectly showcase a British craft in a form that is ideal as a holiday souvenir.

Cosy textiles

British army camouflage uniform with union jack flagBritain is still one of the dominant forces in the global textiles industry and is well known for the high quality and elaborate designs it produces. In the 19th century, this industry was the main form of employment in the North of the country, resulting in a heritage that spans many generations. There is still a wide range of goods manufactured in this country that can be bought as a quintessential English souvenir. This includes scarves, clothing and home wares.

Gold sovereign coin as woman’s jewelry pendant on a chainIntricate jewellery

The majority of women love jewellery, and it makes a great souvenir. It has been used as a means of adornment since ancient times, and there are some extremely intricate and delicate pieces available in Britain. In many instances, each individual piece is made by hand using a range of materials, metals and stones, including Whitby jet and amethyst.

 
The next time you’re looking for the right holiday souvenir, you should spend some time thinking about what is unique about the country you are visiting. This way you’ll be able to purchase an item that has a special meaning, as well as serving as a reminder of a fantastic trip.

 

Author: Agustina

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