From Bark to Najha fashion cork Eco-tour! VISIT US!!
Welcome to Najha fashion Eco-tour!
We are proud to offer you this ecotourism experience through the cork territories of Santa Maria de Feira.
Our mission for this Eco-tour is to provide each visitor the experience of discovering the world of cork through the forests and factories, the unique natural biodiversity they host, the remarkable ….. But most importantly, the extraordinary people whose lives are woven into the fabric that is cork. It’s the story of generations of men and women, mostly simple people, who, with a unique resilience, learned to convey the legacy of artisanal craft towards new ways to produce, innovate and commercialize.
Book a tour and learn everything about the cork industry in one of the most important region in the north of Portugal (Aveiro district), Santa Maria de Feira. A heavily industrialized municipality and is famous for its several cork innovation and shoe factories.
Portugal is the world’s top producer of cork and has the largest cork forest in the world. Cork products account for 2.3 percent of the total Portuguese exports. Approximately 17,000 people are employed in the country’s cork manufacturing industries, which process around 70 percent of the world’s cork. 90 percent of natural cork products manufactured in Portugal are sold for export. In little more than 50 years a poor rural area has become the epicenter of the global production of cork stoppers, cork leather and other cork derivatives, creating an ecosystem of hundreds of companies that endures today with increasing vigor.
For about 2 hours you will have the opportunity to understand the importance of the Cork Industry on the national level, its various components and the transformation process, from the harvesting to finished products that makes Najha fashion cork. Learn about the techniques employed when crafting original cork-made items with our guest artisan. Witness the cork cutting, burning, glueing and drying while they transform a piece of cork oak bark into an original item. Each participant will receive a cork souvenir. After the demonstration you also have the opportunity to buy some of these handmade creations. We will explore the following thematic: heritage, nature, rural life, tradition, innovation and knowledge.
We are legally registered with the Portuguese Tourism board and more than happy to welcome you here. If you are either a cultural visitor, a tour operator or a non-profit organization that wants to visit us, just get in touch.
Approximate duration: 2 hours | Maximum number of participants: 10
Bookings On Request, subject to availability.
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