From very old times, perhaps even before the Byzantine period, the people of Skyros have
developed and almost perfected their local art.
The Skyrian art is famous both in and out of Greece. In fact, there is a great number
of people who visit the island in order to buy, study and admire wonderful Skyrian
artifacts. Manos Faltaits, in his book "Skyros", quotes: "Handicraft shines
in Skyros and it's totally bound up with the life of its people.
Although tourism has become today's greatest buyer, most
of the handicrafts made by Skyrian professional and amateur craftsmen are intended
for and absorbed by locals."
Various branches of modern Skyrian handicraft are furniture making, pottery, weaving,
broidery, basketry and goat fur goods manufacture. Except from broidery, weaving and
micro-woodcarving - with which a great number of Skyrians occupy themselves at home
unprofessionally or semiprofessionally -, the rest of the handicraft branches are
developed on a clearly professional basis and the handicrafts are made at special
workshops. Quite noticeable is also the persistence of both Skyrian craftsmen and buyers
in preserving the traditional form of every kind."