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Graciosa Island Local Products

Graciosa’s local products include the typical Azorean handicraft as well as music instruments such as the “guitarra de Sao Mateus” (Sao Mateus guitar). Since the island revolves around farm work and fishing, Graciosa’s handicraft features agricultural crafts that often repeat ancestral models that deserve to appear in ethnographic museums: ploughs and yokes, harrows, and rudimentary fishing tackle. The existence of clay deposits allowed a ceramics tradition which, in picturesque potteries, produced pieces for daily use and vases, tea-pots, and mugs of elegant design. The regional guitar, which enlivens every Azorean balho or dance with its characteristic sound, is produced on the island by skilful craftsmen who transform the wood into sonorous and delicately decorated instruments.