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Cape Verdean handicrafts are a reflection of the constraints caused by the drought and the limited natural resources they have on the islands. Basket weaving plays a very important role in the archipelago and together with cloth weaving, characterise the islands’ handicraft heritage.
Clay is an important material resource for the local artisans who often create typical Cape Verdean figures depicting everyday routines, which together with pots and kitchen utensils, are a common sight in shops and markets.
The Cape Verdean alcoholic drink ‘Grogue’, Fogo wine, coffee beans and the abundantly available local sweet make excellent souvenirs, and in Mindelo, Santiago, where the live music is said to be the best, CDs of local music can be bought to take back home with you.
For essential everyday shopping for things like toiletries, the island capitals are usually well stocked but outside of these towns it’s almost non existent.