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Crafts

Fruit of the most genuine popular manifestation, the craft still keeps characteristic from its first artisans, the indigenous people that inhabited the territory from Ceará in the pré-colonial period. Since then the techniques were passed on from father to son. The creativity and the simplicity of Ceará's artisans can also be seen in works in bobbin laces, mazes, wood and clay. Usually, the work keeps a beauty that surpasses time.

Among the techniques used in the State there are:

L A C E S 
Instruments: bobbins and headed pins or, almost always, the thorn of the coradeiro or mandacaru, pillow. Production Centers: in the artisans' own residence, at the coast.

R M A Z E S
Instruments: fabric fixated on a wood grating, pins, needles and line. Production Centers: in the artisans' own residence, at the coast.

B A S K E T R Y A N D B R A I D I N G
Raw materials: bamboo (taquara, to make waterspouts and gutters; taquara, to make baskets; taquari to make birdcages; boards to make rockets, to pick olho de carnauba and to do make pífaros); vine (more resistant than the shaft, to do caçuá; on the donkey goes the cangalha and over it, the caçuá) . Production Centers: Sobral, Russian, Limoeiro do Norte, Jaguaruana, Aracati, Massapê, Crateús, Baturité and Camocim.

C E R A M I C S (utilitarian and for entertainment) 
Production Centers: Fortaleza, Rattlesnake, Ipú and Juazeiro do Norte. Main pieces: "quartinha," jar, pot, little doe, plate, filter, basin, pitcher, piggy banks, capitação-de-pé-de-cana, coffeepot and balaia (utilitarian), ornamental and entertaiment (mud puppets, rafts, etc).

L E A T H E R
Products sold in larger scale: sandals, shoes, footwear in general. Points of Sale: fairs in the interior and shopping malls at the capital. Most traditional and typical products: clothes and harness, hat, short jacket, gloves, "perneiras," saddles. Points of Sale: small workshops of the urban zones of cattle areas, such as; Aracoiaba, Itapiúna, Crato, Morada Nova and Jaguaribe. Other products: belts, suitcases, ornamental objects, "pirogravuras," "penduricalhos," rugs, cortinas. Production centers: Fortaleza, Jaguaribe and Juazeiro do Norte.

W E A V I N G Main product: hammocks (utilitarian and for decoration) Techniques: with "roca" and spindle Production Centers: Fortaleza and Jaguaribe.

M E T A L Types: tinwork, ironwork, cutlery, etc, Products: buckets, mug, basin, glass, grater, lamp, saucepan, scythes, net trappers, rattles for the cattle, horseshoes, gates, "passarinheiras" rifles, etc. Production Centers: Juazeiro do Norte, Fortaleza.

W O O D
Tools: basic utensils for woodworking. Products: pieces of furniture, from the simplest and rustic until the finest, machinery of mills, barrels, and sculptures. Production Centers: Fortaleza, Canindé, Cascavel, Juazeiro do Norte (furniture), Barbalha (machinery of cane mills), Fortaleza (sculptures).

G R A P H I C A R T S
Main product: "xilogravura" for illustration of layers of line pamphlets, showing illustration of singers, herdsmen, bandits, oxen, birds and animals of our fauna, much found at the Northeastern fairs.

I M A G I N A R Y
Concrete proof of the passion of the people from Ceará for its faiths in its saints. Products: saints' image. Producion Centers: Juazeiro do Norte and Canindé, two Centers that stand out as places of mystic-religious pilgrimage.

S O U V E N I R S
Products commonly found at Fortaleza's seafront and at the stores of the tourist centers: rafts in miniature, turtle objects and decoration objects in general.

Night Life

The Capital of Ceara has a great night life. For each day of the week, one club is chosen by the locals to be the meeting point for that evening. It starts on the Monday at Pirata Bar on Iracema Beach.

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