“The most sought after Israeli handicrafts on the Internet today are jewelry offerings.”
by: Nachman Klieman
Israel as a country attracts an unusual amount of International media attention, a fact that the country’s handicrafters are aware of. The word has gotten out that Israel is not only blessed with talented hi-tech workers, it has an unusual number of talented artisans and designers whose handmade offerings are growingly sought after in the international gift and handicrafts markets.
Influenced by their family backgrounds as immigrants, from North Africa, Asie, Europe, and North and South America, Israeli handicrafters reflect these influences in their jewelry, art, and religious Judaica products. For years Israeli handicrafts were available to tourists in Israel and limitedly in gifts shops in large European or American cities. Today, with examples of fine hand made Israeli jewelry creations appearing in museums and galleries across the globe, many people have grown acquainted with silver filigree, oil on canvas landscapes, or samples of Roman glass reflecting their artists’ talents. Of course, the Internet can also take credit for helping create a demand for Israeli creations and products.
For those who have visited Tel Aviv, the memories of the handicrafts open marketplace on Nahalat Binyamin Street are often vivid. Stopping at the tables to admire and inspect the colorful hand crafted wares is memorable due to the friendliness of the sellers who usually asked as many questions of you as you did them. The artists colonies of Safad, Yaffo, and Jerusalem each offered a wide range of original paintings, prints, and ceramics. The advantage of the Internet today is that it is possible to relive those memories by shopping for Israeli handicrafts from the comfort of your home.
The most sought after Israeli handicrafts on the Internet today are jewelry offerings. According to Ruchama Rush, a marketing manager for Israel’s largest virtual mall, U-boutique.com, “we have watched demand for Israeli handcrafted gift items double in the past year with religious jewelry as our company’s most sought after category by customers. The Star of David attracts alot of attention along with Kabbalah items which are not limited by religion. We see increasing demand by both men and women for religious jewelry in pendant or bracelet styles.”