Naxos has a rich history of folk art that continues today, as it’s traditions are handed down generation to generation through the centuries.
Whether in the narrow alleys of the old town, or in the villages and the farming communities of the countryside, a broad variety of folk art is waiting to be discovered.
Over the centuries the island hosted renowned masters of artistic creation, self-taught artists that became grand tutors of the younger generations.
The secrets of art were passed from mother to daughter, from father to son, from craftsman to apprentice, continuously enriched with new perceptions.
Old embroidery items dating back many generations are now works of art.
Vocations such as those of weaver, embroiderer, mason, painter, silversmith goldsmith, stone and wood carver, potter and basket weaver flourished on Naxos and, although many of them are disappearing, they have left behind an invaluable wealth of knowledge about folk art.
The beautiful fabrics from Apiranthos, Moni and other upland villages; the wood carvings and pottery, traditional small furniture, tools and hand-made jewelry are only a few examples of local handicrafts.