The Centre for Cretan Popular Art is a 'living' museum. When
visiting the Centre, you can watch craftsmen busy at work and talk to
them about their art. At the moment there are areas for
weaving/embroidery, ceramics, bookbinding, wood turning and sculptures.
Classes can be arranged for all the crafts in the Centre. In the
permanent exhibition area on the first floor, the visitor sees the
result of their labour. In principle all the exhibits are for
Centre for Cretan Popular Art was established in Rethymnon in June 2000
with the ambition to support by any means (i.e. by creation of
laboratories, training and further education of craftsmen and tradesmen,
promotion through internet, permanent showroom, sales shop etc.) our
local folklore art. The diversity of forms and great variety of
handicrafts of this tradition give evidence of a high aesthetics value
and special beauty which has survived throughout time.
The achievement of this ambition will be sustained with the
cooperation of various state and private organisations which have common
fields of occupation with the Centre concerning mainly joint action and
activation of producers of Folk Art works for the benefit of whom the
Centre was created.