Top 5 Maltese Crafts

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.

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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.

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3- Tole painting, the art of adding elaborate designs to tin and metal serving pieces, is another thriving artform.

Dabble Savvy: Items that lay flat and are non-breakable qualify as ideal suitcase splurges. Save room when you pack.

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4- Traditional weaving crafts such as lacemaking, basketry and wicker furniture production are widely visible on the islands.

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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.

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Dabble Digs the Outdoors

With patio season just around the corner, Kimberley has these suggestions to enliven your outdoor spaces.

New Wicker 1903 Beach Chair

Steppin’ Out
It’s time to take the party outdoors. These classic rattan chairs may be all the excuse you need to light the barbecue and have a few friends over. Dabble Savvy: They’ll mix beautifully with teak furniture.

New Wicker 1903 Beach Chair
Blue, New Wicker collection, now $399 (reg. $799)

zig-zag outdoor rug

Pop of Colour
Yes, this really is an outdoor carpet. Add a little vavoom to outdoor rooms with this lively chevron patterned rug.

Zig-Zag Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Medium(44″ x 66″): $75 (regular: $250)
Large (60″ x94″): $150 (regular: $500)

Tapered Scroll Rim Planter

May Flowers

Geraniums. Miniature Roses. Dahlias. Any one of these flowers will look prettier still in this distressed planter. Time to give yourself a bouquet.

Tapered Scroll Rim Indoor/Outdoor Planter
Medium (15″): Now $36 (regular $90)
Large (19″): Now $68 (regular $170)

GoldenEye

  • Furnishings, like the bamboo and wicker drumtables and stone coffee table are simple and organic in shape. Classic Panton chairs tuck under the dark wood chess tables.
  • Black frames on a white bead board wall display images of Bond author, Ian Fleming at GoldenEye.
  • The unassuming white-washed bungalow with cedar shingles is perched atop an oceanfront cliff that leads to a private beach.
  • Sustainable wood furniture connects the interior to nature.
  • The textured ceiling gives the whitewashed interior a more intimate scale.
  • As the author said himself, “Don’t on any account fool around too much with colours. Keep everything white inside.”
  • Fleming's original desk (the one at which he wrote 14 James Bond novels) still resides at GoldenEye.
  • The villa also features a private outdoor spa bathroom surrounded by tropical foliage, blooming trees and bamboo fences.

 PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANGELA AUCLAIR