Street stalls, Mariacka Street: "Kashubian ceramics and twins" Top 5 Page for this destination Gdansk Shopping Tip by matcrazy1
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There are street stalls in Mariacka street where local ceramic is sold. There is a collection of local, Kashubian ceramic displayed.
Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize winner in literature in 1999 and Lech Walesa, the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1983, are considered Kashubians - the first one the German Kashubian while Walesa the Polish Kashubian. Kashubians are a Slavic ethnic group living in Gdansk and in the area adjoining Gdansk. It's estimated that over 300,000 people in Poland are of the Kashubian ethnicity and that around 50,000 Kashubians still speak Kashubian language. It's interesting that it's the only of Slavic languages, I can't understand a word, well, almost.
What to buy: I would choose one of the most characteristic clay pot called "dwojaczki" (twins) as it contains of the two identical pots joined together with one handle. Their shape is not unique to Kashubian region but the pattern of painting is.
What to pay: Ceramics in inexpensive in Poland but Mariacka street is. The twins on my picture cost 60 zl (? 15) instead of, say, 30 - 40 zl. But you may try to bargain a bit.
Address: Ul. Mariacka, Gdansk
Directions: Walk eastwards Dluga street, turn left to either Tkacka or Lektykarska st. and turn first right to Piwna, walk along the southern wall of the St. Mary's basilica to Mariacka street. About 30 min. on foot from the Main Railway Station (Gdansk Glowny).
Theme: Local Craft
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