1- A craft that flourished under the Knights of Malta was gold and silver smithing. Today, Maltese goldsmiths continue to thrive, with the graphic Maltese cross being the most often requested item for purchase.
2- The unmistakeable and universal scent of wood shavings appeals to nearly every traditionalist. Wood carving is a thriving industry in Malta with traditional pieces often receiving a layer of gilding before they make their way to the shop floor.
3- Tole painting, the art of adding elaborate designs to tin and metal serving pieces, is another thriving artform.
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4- Traditional weaving crafts such as lacemaking, basketry and wicker furniture production are widely visible on the islands.
5- A relatively new craft in Malta, glass blowing was introduced in the 1960s. Shops typically sport hand and mouth blown vases and bowls in bright Mediterranean colours.