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Crafts like pottery, jewellery, woodturning, metalwork, paper making, glass blowing and leatherwork have been practiced by people around the world for centuries. In many countries craftsmen have been working at their craft and passing their skills down in families for generations.

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 Many craftsmen and women sell their creations at arts and crafts markets which can be found in every country. Often craftspeople will provide demonstrations of their craft or simply sit at their stall working on their craft to pass the time while waiting for customers. Such markets are a wonderful opportunity to meet the people who create the craft and learn about the process.

In some places art and craft markets are more frequent in the month or so before Christmas. This type of market will have more crafts suitable for use as gifts or as decoration.

Here are some of the fabulous and talented designers we have found on our travels.