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Unique Souvenirs to Buy in Sardinia

Picture of Gillian McGuire
Updated: 4 May 2017

From woven baskets to handmade knives, Sardinia has a rich tradition of handcrafting beautiful and ornate items. Be sure to do a little shopping on your trip, and bring home one of these creative souvenirs.

Cork

The dense Sardinian forests are plentiful in Sughero cork, which is harvested almost completely by hand. The cork is used for everything from soundproofing panels to creating artisan trinkets and other beautifully designed crafts. In the sweet town of Palau, stop by Picsard, where you’ll find an innovative collection of cork souvenirs, such as trivets and earrings.

Punt ‘e Nù Embroidery

This geometric embroidery technique is used to make a variety of fun items, such as pillows, rugs, table linens and even jewelry. Punt ‘e Nù originates in the Southern town of Teulada in Sardinia and has Spanish origins.

Baskets

Weavers in the Barbagia hills in central Sardinia use long, thin strips of the Mediterranean asphodel plant to meticulously weave baskets with patterns that have been handed down for generations. In villages near the town Castelsardo, fronds from dwarf palm trees are used to make baskets for fishing and baking bread. To fully appreciate your purchases, visit the Museum of Mediterranean Weaving in Castelsardo to learn more.

Filigree jewelry

The delicate and intricate designs of traditional Sardinian jewelry have remained consistent for centuries. Crafters twist long, thin wires of gold or sterling silver, turning them into earrings, rings, pendants and bracelets, each imbued with meaning and history. Take home a piece from Soha Sardinia, which has locations in Porto Cervo or Cagliari, or you can find their jewelry at small boutiques throughout the island.

Knives

Handmade knives have been skillfully crafted in the mountain village of Pattada for generations. Known as resolzas, these knives have handles carved from animal horn, which is attached to a stainless steel blade.

Ceramics

The production of terracotta ceramics is centered in Campidano, particularly in the town of Assemini, where there is rich clay soil perfect for making pottery. With a history that dates back to ancient Nuragic times, artists in this town handcraft amphorae, oil containers, teapots and vases.