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Handicraft Collection

Handicrafts from around the world showcase the rich cultural heritage and artistic traditions of different regions

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Advertisement for Horners patent Dorcas thimble, 1899

Advertisement for Horners patent Dorcas thimble, 1899
Advertisement for Charles Horners patent Dorcas thimble, as worn by a quarter of a million ladies. This thimble has a steel core, lined with two layers of silver

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Central America, Panama, Cristobal. Kuna Indian traditional molas

Central America, Panama, Cristobal. Kuna Indian traditional molas

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Southwest, American Indian art & handicrafts. Navajo blanket, beadwork, turquoise necklace

Southwest, American Indian art & handicrafts. Navajo blanket, beadwork, turquoise necklace, silver & turquoise belt buckle, 12-century Anasazi Mimbres bowl. PR

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Centaur at the village blacksmith. Painting by Arnold Bocklin (1829-1901), Oil On Canvas

Centaur at the village blacksmith. Painting by Arnold Bocklin (1829-1901), Oil On Canvas
LSE4315221 Centaur at the village blacksmith. Painting by Arnold Bocklin (1829-1901), Oil On Canvas, 1888. Swiss art, 19th century, symbolism. Museum of Fine Arts Budapest (Hungary)

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy, Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy, Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Africa, Morocco, Fes. Mosaic wall for fountain

Africa, Morocco, Fes. Mosaic wall for fountain

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Southwest, Indian

Southwest, Indian handicrafts. Jemez pottery, 12-century Anasazi Mimbres bowl, Navajo buckle, Navajo bead work & turquoise necklaces, Acoma seed pot. PR

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Traditonal Mola, Isla Tigre, San Blas Islands, Comarca de Kuna Yala, Panama

Traditonal Mola, Isla Tigre, San Blas Islands, Comarca de Kuna Yala, Panama, Central America

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Injera basket (Sifet), Ethiopian Highlands, Ethiopia

Injera basket (Sifet), Ethiopian Highlands, Ethiopia Africa, Ethiopia, The Ethiopian Highlands, Colourful woven Injera basket, called a Sifet

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Ceramics for sale, Souk, Medina, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Ceramics for sale, Souk, Medina, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Argentina, Ushuaia. Typical calabash gourd cups for mate (aka chimarrao or cimarron)

Argentina, Ushuaia. Typical calabash gourd cups for mate (aka chimarrao or cimarron)
Typical calabash gourd cups for mate, Ushuaia Province, Argentina

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Moon and Sun carnival mask decorations, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Moon and Sun carnival mask decorations, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Talavera Pottery, El Parian Market, Puebla, Historic Center, Puebla State, Mexico, North America

Talavera Pottery, El Parian Market, Puebla, Historic Center, Puebla State, Mexico, North America

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Baldwins knitting leaflet, WW1

Baldwins knitting leaflet, WW1
Knitted Comforts for Men on Land and Sea - front cover of a booklet published by J & J Baldwin s, yarn manufacturers of Halifax

Background imageHandicraft Collection: North America, Mexico, Guanajuato State, San Miguel de Allende, Mexican embroidered

North America, Mexico, Guanajuato State, San Miguel de Allende, Mexican embroidered textile hanging in stall in crafts market (Mercado de Artesanias)

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Middle East, Israel, Nazareth, Jersualem tote bag for sale in market

Middle East, Israel, Nazareth, Jersualem tote bag for sale in market

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Lanterns for sale in the Souk, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Lanterns for sale in the Souk, Marrakech (Marrakesh), Morocco, North Africa, Africa

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Woman Knitting 1929

Woman Knitting 1929
A woman sits knitting - the illustration shows the new elongated slender silhouette which was to come into fruition in the 1930s

Background imageHandicraft Collection: the spinners or the fable of Arachne Painting by Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velasquez

the spinners or the fable of Arachne Painting by Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velasquez
JLJ4665387 the spinners or the fable of Arachne Painting by Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velasquez (1599-1660), c. 1653. Sun. 2, 2x2, 89 m Madrid, Musee du Prado - The spinners or The fable of Arachne

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Portrait of Man or 'The Tailor'Painting by Giovan Battista Moroni

Portrait of Man or "The Tailor"Painting by Giovan Battista Moroni
LRI4662547 Portrait of Man or " The Tailor" Painting by Giovan Battista Moroni (Giovanbattista, Giovanni Battista) (ca. 1529-1578) 1570 Dim

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Ecuador, Otavalo. Woven wallhangings displaying scenes of Andean life and culture

Ecuador, Otavalo. Woven wallhangings displaying scenes of Andean life and culture, handmade by weavers of Peguche and sold at Otavalo Market

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Floating islands inhabited by Uru people, lake Titicaca, near Puno, Peru

Floating islands inhabited by Uru people, lake Titicaca, near Puno, Peru

Background imageHandicraft Collection: USA-ARIZONA-Tubac: South Arizonas Premier Craft Town Chili Ristra Wreath

USA-ARIZONA-Tubac: South Arizonas Premier Craft Town Chili Ristra Wreath
USA, Arizona, Tubac: South Arizonas Premier Craft Town Chili Ristra Wreath

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Quaker women spinning in church

Quaker women spinning in church
Quaker ladies doing their chores while at worship services. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Dutch colonists in early New Amsterdam

Dutch colonists in early New Amsterdam
Dutch settlers outdoors along the Battery, New Amsterdam, 1600s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Images of deities on the wall of Kesava Temple, Keshava Temple, Hoysala style, Somnathpur

Images of deities on the wall of Kesava Temple, Keshava Temple, Hoysala style, Somnathpur, Somanathapura, Karnataka, South India, India, South Asia, Asia

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Ceramic artist working in her workshop with a potters wheel, turning a vase, Geisenhausen

Ceramic artist working in her workshop with a potters wheel, turning a vase, Geisenhausen, Bavaria, Germany, Europe

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Africa, Botswana, Okavango Delta, Jao Reserve, Tubu Tree. Colorful camp staff made reed baskets

Africa, Botswana, Okavango Delta, Jao Reserve, Tubu Tree. Colorful camp staff made reed baskets

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Metallurgy: 'The great forge of Fourchambault Detail

Metallurgy: "The great forge of Fourchambault Detail
JLJ4595970 Metallurgy: " The great forge of Fourchambault Detail. Painting by Francois Bonhomme (1809-1881) 1839 Fourchambault

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Industrial Revolution: 'La grande forge de Fourchambault'

Industrial Revolution: "La grande forge de Fourchambault"
JLJ4653139 Industrial Revolution: " La grande forge de Fourchambault" Detail of painting by Francois Bonhomme (1809-1881) 1839

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Hammocks for sale, Otovalo craft market, Otovalo, Ecuador, South America

Hammocks for sale, Otovalo craft market, Otovalo, Ecuador, South America

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Africa, Kenya. Msai Tribal Beads

Africa, Kenya. Msai Tribal Beads

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Latin America, Guatemala, Western Highlands, Santiago de Atitlan, Souvenir Textiles

Latin America, Guatemala, Western Highlands, Santiago de Atitlan, Souvenir Textiles
Handmade textiles, Santiago De Atitlan, Western Highlands, Guatemala, Latin America

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Europe, Russia

Europe, Russia
Russia, Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl. High quality traditional Russian lacquer egg & boxes

Background imageHandicraft Collection: North Africa, Africa, Morocco, Marrakesh. A Moroccan lamp and lighting shop

North Africa, Africa, Morocco, Marrakesh. A Moroccan lamp and lighting shop

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Africa, Gambia. Capital city of Banjul. Local batik workshop. Hanging hand made textiles

Africa, Gambia. Capital city of Banjul. Local batik workshop. Hanging hand made textiles

Background imageHandicraft Collection: HOUS2A-00150

HOUS2A-00150
Quilting party in western Virginia, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Mexico. Skeletal Catrinas, figures celebrating Dia de Los Muertos

Mexico. Skeletal Catrinas, figures celebrating Dia de Los Muertos

Background imageHandicraft Collection: The blacksmith, in Imagier de l'enfance, c. 1900 (engraving)

The blacksmith, in Imagier de l'enfance, c. 1900 (engraving)
DUV4206259 The blacksmith, in Imagier de l enfance, c.1900 (engraving) by Raffin, Ferdinand (1870?-1948); 14.5 x 18.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The blacksmith)

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Advertising for Twin dolls in 1885 of the Twin House. (First Manufacture of the World for

Advertising for Twin dolls in 1885 of the Twin House. (First Manufacture of the World for
XEE4408117 Advertising for Twin dolls in 1885 of the Twin House. (First Manufacture of the World for the manufacture of Beaux Bebes)

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Young lavandiere Painting by Ernest Hebert (1817-1908) 19th century Sun

Young lavandiere Painting by Ernest Hebert (1817-1908) 19th century Sun
JLJ4571732 Young lavandiere Painting by Ernest Hebert (1817-1908) 19th century Sun. 0, 88x1, 2 m Paris, Musee Hebert by Herbert or Hebert, Antoine Auguste Ernest (1817-1908); Musee Hebert, Paris

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Syria - Jewish Workers producing Engraved Brasswork

Syria - Jewish Workers producing Engraved Brasswork Date: circa 1905

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Valentin Lopez Ceramics, San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua, Central America

Valentin Lopez Ceramics, San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua, Central America

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Charangos For Sale, Bolivian Guitar, Guitar Shop, La Paz, Bolivia

Charangos For Sale, Bolivian Guitar, Guitar Shop, La Paz, Bolivia

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Traditional green pottery from Tamegroute, Zagora region. Morocco

Traditional green pottery from Tamegroute, Zagora region. Morocco

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Laos, Luang Prabang. Colorful sa paper umbrellas for sale at the local market

Laos, Luang Prabang. Colorful sa paper umbrellas for sale at the local market

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Famous Arraiolos tapestry, handmade in Alentejo. Portugal

Famous Arraiolos tapestry, handmade in Alentejo. Portugal

Background imageHandicraft Collection: Bulgarian kukeri masks. They are used in winter solstice festivities by dancers that

Bulgarian kukeri masks. They are used in winter solstice festivities by dancers that accompany musicians throughout the villages, dancing rhythmically to drive away evil and invite good



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Handicrafts from around the world showcase the rich cultural heritage and artistic traditions of different regions. In Central America, specifically Panama, lies Cristobal - a town known for its vibrant handicraft scene. The Kuna Indians, indigenous to this area, are renowned for their traditional molas. These intricate textile panels depict colorful designs inspired by nature and everyday life. Traveling across continents to Europe, we find ourselves in County Clare, Ireland. Here, on the church wall of Killinaboy, stands an enigmatic Sheela-na-Gig carving. This ancient symbol represents fertility and protection against evil spirits. Venturing further into North Africa's bustling markets takes us to Marrakech in Morocco. Amidst the vibrant souks of Medina lie exquisite ceramics waiting to be discovered by eager shoppers. These beautifully handcrafted pieces reflect Morocco's rich history and diverse influences. In Fes, another Moroccan city steeped in tradition, mosaic walls adorning fountains captivate visitors with their intricate patterns and vivid colors. Each tile meticulously placed tells a story of craftsmanship passed down through generations. Heading westward to Mexico's Puebla State brings us to El Parian Market where Talavera Pottery reigns supreme. This distinctive style showcases Spanish influence blended with indigenous techniques resulting in stunning ceramic works that have become synonymous with Mexican culture. In Southwest America resides a deep-rooted connection between Native American tribes and handicrafts that tell stories of their ancestral pasts through pottery, jewelry-making, weaving techniques like Navajo rugs or Hopi kachina dolls. Crossing oceans once more leads us to Ethiopia's highlands where Injera baskets (Sifet) are crafted using age-old methods passed down within communities for centuries. These intricately woven baskets serve both functional purposes as storage containers and carry symbolic significance within Ethiopian culture.