Konavle Embroideries – Street Vendors
Silk production and embroidering is a very old tradition and the number one craft of Konavle. Although this tradition has died out in other parts of Europe, it is alive and well in Cavtat. The embroideries were traditionally used to decorate traditional costumes of the local area, and it continues to be prevalent in the local cultural dress today. You will also find them on tablecloths, pillows, runners, bookmarks, pin cushions, pretty much anything you can think of. The technique used is called “thread counting,” and patterns are very symmetrical. The traditional colors are red, deep blue, yellow and black, but now you can also find them in many other colors. The women vendors hand make their wares – this is their full time occupation and often their only source of income.
Old pieces of embroidery are exhibited in the Rector Palace.
When shopping in a foreign land, many people want to buy local crafts or goods that you can’t easily get at home. In Cavtat you will find plenty of those types of stores. Of the many shops and street vendors, Skatulica is special.
This shop carries all local and handmade goods. You can buy small pocket size local truffle olive oils, lavender pouches and Croatian wine at lower prices than other shops in Dubrovnik – probably 30% less. If you’re looking for unique, local items, this is the place.
The shop is located in the center of the harbor shops with a red sign above it door.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Cavtat shopping.