Handicrafts Development Center
Traditional handicrafts are part of the cultural heritage, a combination of the creativity, culture, heritage and environment of the craftsmen. Such environment is also Kruja, so it can rightfully boast of the bazaar and variety of craftsmanship practiced even today. The beauty and variety of products produced by local artisans impress you; the diversity in designs, styles and functions is easily observed. The production and use of handicraft products is an important part of the daily life of Kruja people. They are known for their aesthetics, traditional values, uniqueness, quality and craftsmanship.
Handicrafts in Kruja have benefited from the history and continuity of the Kruja bazaar, which has existed since the 15th century. The geographical location of the city that starts from 50 meters above sea level up to 1723 meters with Maja e Liqenit is another important factor that has influenced the development of the traditional handicrafts of Kruja. When the famous English painter and poet Edward Lear visited Kruja he called Kruja - a charming town over the clouds. The country is famous for the inclusion of all historical periods reflected in its rich archaeological and ethnographic heritage exhibited in the museum of Kruja. Other elements such as folklore and legends, bridges, lakes, caves and canyons turn Kruja into a coveted tourist destination. Crafts as part of this whole attraction forms a living tradition important for the identity and continuity of Kruja.
Thanks to the inclusion of traditional handicrafts in books, brochures, catalogues, museums and shop windows, they are easily accessible to tourists and handicraft enthusiasts. This has helped preserve the authenticity of the craft. Among other things, the authenticity of handicraft products has managed to overcome the commercial efforts that fill the windows and bazaar stalls with copies and reproductions, marketing them as "local works"! Dedication to traditional crafts, with motifs and elements from the local tradition, has enabled us today to have a story about the development of the creative industry in Kruja.