Travelling is one of the best ways, into discovering new cultures and traditions. Each destination has a multitude of souvenir options to take home or to offer, but one option that is often overlooked is porcelain. Porcelain is an art form that can be found in every corner of the world, with each region having its own unique history, techniques and designs.
When looking for a souvenir, many people opt for items such as magnets, t-shirts or key rings. However, porcelain can be a much more meaningful choice. Porcelain pieces are often associated with celebrations and special occasions, making them a symbol of unforgettable moments. In addition, porcelain is characteristically long-lasting, which will make the memory of the trip last too.
In many tourist destinations, there are specialist porcelain shops offering unique, high-quality pieces. In China, for example, in the city of Jingdezhen, the world capital of porcelain, it is possible to find a wide variety of porcelain, from the most traditional to the most modern and colourful. The city is famous for its blue and white porcelain techniques, a painting technique that dates back to the 14th century. The pieces are delicate and rich in detail, and are an excellent example of the care and skill involved across the creation of porcelain.
In Japan, the city of Arita is home to some of the most coveted porcelain in the world. The Arita porcelain technique has over 400 years of history, and the pieces are particularly known for their delicateness and quality. The pieces are decorated with traditional Japanese designs, such as cherry blossoms (sakura) and mountain landscapes. They are an excellent example of how porcelain can be an art form.
Porcelain from Limoges, in central France, is also one of the most coveted in the world and is an excellent example of the quality and elegance of French porcelain.
Finally, in Portugal, Aveiro’s region is famous for its porcelain production. Portuguese porcelain is known for its vibrant colours and unique designs. The pieces are often decorated with maritime elements, or colours alluding to that element, thus reflecting the city’s history as an important fishing port. Portuguese porcelain is an excellent example of how the culture and history of a region can be reflected in the creations of the pieces.
In Aveiro, you can find Costa Verde, which offers a huge range of these souvenirs, which will stay with you for a long time.
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When buying porcelain as a souvenir, look for quality pieces, with meaning and that tell a little of the history of the region you visited.