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Venice is famous for its fashion design and textiles, however Arras Tessuti a Mano operates on a unique concept. It preserves the ancient textile art of the region as well as works for a social cause. Here, disabled people weave each fabric by hand and produce high-quality materials that are then crafted into products and marketed to the public. Thus it increases the confidence of those with disabilities and enriches their lives. At the same time, customers can shop for shawls, coats, sweaters and scarves that exhibit vivid hues and are rich in patterns. Using ancient and proven techniques of weaving, this shop produces beautiful dresses, bags, multi-colored stoles and thick overcoats in dazzling colors like dark pink, red and blazing orange. It also creates customized patterns according to the wishes of the client.
Masks of all kinds are available at Ca' Macana, one of the best-known, mask-making studios in Venice. They produce a wide range of masks including favorites as Pulcinella (Punch), the Bauta, the Plague Doctor and the colored, gilded eye-masks. Many of them can be spotted in Tiepolo paintings. In the nearby workshop, the owner organizes courses teaching the theory and the practice of mask-making and explaining how to prepare papier-mâché decorations. Ca' Macana also offers short conferences on the history of Carnival and the importance of masks in the city's culture.
Everyone of us wants to prepare an authentic Italian meal that will appeal to the eyes as well as palate. We are always awe-struck, when elaborately prepared meals with lovely presentation are served at a gourmet restaurant or a cooking show. At I Tre Mercanti, you can actually shop for ingredients that go in the making of a lavish Italian platter. At this store, you can also savor delightful panini as well as Tiramisu sweets that are liked by all. For more details, check website.
This theatrical tailor's shop, Atelier Pietro Longhi, makes costumes for nearly all Venetian theaters, and also for many historical TV and cinema films made in the city. Costumes can be custom made and ordered for the Carnevale. There is even a selection for rent. There is a wide range of costumes available, but majority are linked to the city's history. You can even find a suit of armour copied from a 15th-century drawing, identical to the original!
Everyone gets souvenirs like T-shirts, key chains or fridge magnets. But if you are interested in selecting unique souvenir and gift items, visit the SignorBlum shop. The store-cum-workshop is the brainchild of four creative minds that have come together for this venture. Taking inspiration from Venice, they create hand-crafted wooden art pieces. You can give inputs, suggestions and your unique gift item is ready. Since each piece is hand made and made-to-order, every purchase is different sans any similarities or copies. For more details, check website.
Marchini Time is a popular confectionery in town. From chocolates, savories, delightful pastries and baked goodies, their products are fresh and delicious. Their artisanal chocolates are quite the crowd puller. You can even feast on their snacks and pizzas while shopping for sweet treats.
Attombri is highly respected in San Marco area for being one of the best businesses around. The successful shop is run by two brothers who lent their family name to the establishment. Their claim to fame is that their precious metal creations have been on Dolce & Gabbana's ramps. Browsing tourists as well as locals will vouch for the quality and workmanship put into the jewelry available here. The beads and crystals used in the creations are placed with ancient techniques strictly by hand. Old traditions are kept alive through the pretty intricate designs of the accessories at this store.
Venetia Studium Fortuny is located on Calle Larga XXII Marzo, in San Marco, not far from the workshop where its products are made. The quaint store stocks on beautiful home accessories and is quite famous for its exquisite lampshades. Apart from some of the most gorgeous lamps, Venetia Stadium offers pretty household furnishings like scarves silken pillows. There are some seriously stunning handbags on offer as well. The fabrics used look plush, regal and add to uniqueness of each of these products. Although the prices may seem high, they are well worth it.