Thứ Tư, 5 tháng 1, 2011

Shopping in Lencois Maranhenses by Lencois Maranhenses hotels

Shopping in Lencois Maranhenses by Lencois Maranhenses hotels

Shopping in Lencois Maranhenses

Maranhao crafts are known to be diverse and very creative. You will find everything from bags, pots, towels, slippers, hats and miniatures that are inspired by religious and cultural symbols. Local artists are known to study and experiment using new colours, shapes and shades. Raw materials vary from leather, wood, cotton, clay and even fibre from the indigenous buriti, which is a palm that grows in the region. The buriti palm is common to the flooded regions of the municipalities of the Maranhenses sheets. The straw that is extracted from this palm is very durable and is a versatile fibre that is sold in shops and used for handicrafts.

You will find a wide variety of products made from buriti straw, including tablecloths, hats, purses, handbags and backpacks. Look for the stands along the Preguiças River near the ferryboat. In Barreirinhas, there are a few other handicraft shops for great souvenirs to take back home.

This Lencois Maranhenses Shopping Guide will tell you the best places to shop, as well as what to shop for. Check out our Brazil Shopping Guide for some general information about shopping in Brazil. See our Lencois Maranhenses Restaurant Guide for suggestions on where to find a great meal whilst shopping for that perfect souvenir.

Lencois Maranhenses Shopping Guide

Local Arts and Crafts

Neighbourhood shops manufacture and sell locally crafted handicrafts, primarily made of bits of trees and palm leaves. You will be able to find some extraordinary pieces. In Barreirinhas, you can look for crafts made from the local buriti palm.

A good spot to visit for local handicrafts in Lencois Maranhenses is the village of Tratada de Cima, where you will be able to find some nice souvenirs, snacks and drinks. The major products of this region include cashew nuts, fish, manioc and the buriti palm trees. In the coastal areas, fishing is a major source of income and agriculture is only for private consumption.

There are only a few families that deal with pottery in the area. There are several small scale production houses that run year round, although the exhaustive clay extraction process has had a negative impact on the environment of the region. This and the concentrated cultivation of buriti fibre for handicraft uses are the two activities that have the largest environmental impact in the region.

For local handicrafts in Lencois Maranhenses, visit stores such as the Artesanato London, located on Rua Inácio Lins. The store is open from 7.30 am to 10 pm. Another good store in the area is Buriti, on Rua Inácio Lins. The store is open daily from 8 am to 12 noon and again from 2 pm to 6 pm. The Kanto da Praça store on Praça do Trabalhador is open from 8 am to 12 noon and again from 3 pm to 8 pm. Also visit the Artesanato Rodrigues located on Rua Domingos Carvalho, which is open from 7am to 7pm.

There are no shops in Caburé, so remember to take supplies of all your necessities with you.


The Lencois Maranhenses region first became popular during the 1970s due to the PETROBRAS activities in searching for oil in the sand fields. In fact, the initial interest in the buriti fibre came from employees of PETROBRAS, who visited the Park and played a major role in promoting indigenous activities. Now, it has become one of the main tourist attractions in the area and is crafted by women, while men extract the raw material from the trees. With a very limited number of employment opportunities, harvesting the buriti fibre has become a very sustainable alternative. At present, tourism and local handicrafts are the two main sources of income for the region.

Due to the interest shown by PETROBRAS staff, buriti palm fibre is used in a variety of items, especially handicrafts. Local artisans make hammocks, huts and many other items from buriti palms. Thanks to the popularity of the buriti palm, the local population changed their attitude regarding using modern construction materials from Barreirinhas and, instead, used the buriti palms trees.


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