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“Christmas Ornaments too”

Kokula Art and Craft Shop
Ranked #13 of 36 Shopping in Dubrovnik
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Owner description: Kokula is an awarded art and craft shop with authentically Croatian traditional hand made souvenirs in Dubrovnik. The meaning of word Kokula in croatian language - dialect from Dubrovnik, is another name for a "Treasure Box", or more precisely, a special compartment within a Hope Chest, designed to hold precious family heirloom jewelry. We named our shop after Kokula suggesting that it's a place where you can find the most precious handmade pieces of local traditional embroidery, jewelry and other authentic handicrafts and artistic creations as a part of our rich cultural heritage. Traditional embroidery has been done in our family for generations and has always been passed from mother to daughters .The patterns are taken from a traditional national costume which is still in use in rural areas on special occasions, such as weddings, baptisms and various festivities of all kinds. In order to preserve and carry on that tradition we decided to start our family business and we opened Kokula shop in April 2012. We apply pieces of traditional embroidery on different products, like cushions, trays, hand bags, shoes, napkins, table cloths. We even frame it as pictures. Other products are made by local artist and artisans using traditional skills and natural materials. You can find fine pieces of Lepoglava lace (listed in UNESCO World Heritage), handmade embroidered linen napkins, unique hand made dolls made by Jasmina Kosanovic, textile and costume designer, ceramics by Vedrana Balkovic, traditional licitar hearts and many other croatian products. The Tourist Board of Dubrovnik recognized our attempts and included us in their program>, which is only for those who sell products exclusively made in Croatia. We won the First prize for the best decorated shop in Dubrovnik old town for 2012. which was given to us by City authorities. Also we signed a contract for EU funded project - EU jewelry from beads - from national costume to the market. It is a part of lifelong learning programme Leonardo da Vinci implemented by our National Agency for mobility and EU programmes. The BEADED jEUwelry project collects the experiences and best practices in folk jewelry beading education with involving 6 partner institutions from 5 European countries - Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Czech republic. The aim of the project is providing best practice and model approaches which can form a link between craft production, cultural heritage and economical growth. Kokula's role in this EU funded project is to put the jewelry, which is going to be made in the next two years by all the partners, to the market by offering it in our store in Dordiceva 6, in Dubrovnik.
Kearny, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Christmas Ornaments too”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

We found this little shop off the beaten path not too far from the the city wall entrance and exit near the front gate. It's down a side street Dordiceva 6. We wanted a Christmas ornament from Croatia and thy had a nice one for very reasonable. There were numerous other crafts for sale there. All in all it is worth the walk through the little side streets as there is no telling what hidden gem you might find!

Visited November 2013
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Prince George, Canada
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“Authentic and unique”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

We happend upon this shop while checking out the less travelled streets in the old city. What a find. Many of the patterns used for the cloths, pillows, framed articles originate from the traditional embroidery used in the national costumes of the area. As a Canadian of Norwegian decent, I truly appreciate those who keep the old costume designs alive and often wear my 100-year old national costume with great pride. So, to find someone who is keeping the patterns of Dalmatia alive in various useful articles was a real joy. My sister and husband will be the recipients of a wonderful table cloth to celebrate their 30th anniversary and a memory of their trip with us to Croatia.

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A gem in the old city”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Dubrovnik is a fantastic place, but it has become quite touristy, and the shops along the main streets of the gorgeous old city reflect that — lots of the same cheesy T-shirts (featuring Hello Kitty, pirate motifs and various versions of "Croatian Drinking Team") and overpriced crap.

This place, just a 15 foot right turn off the old town's main street near the main entrance to the old city, is a wonderful and much-needed exception. The space itself is adorable, built into the contours of the old city stone. And many of the items are traditional, hand-made goods — bags of all sizes, pieces of art, etc. — in a particularly nice, traditional local style. Fair prices, friendly people and a nice place to buy a real Dubrovnik souvenir and not something that screams "my cruise ship stopped here for two hours and I rushed to buy this T-Shirt."

Visited September 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Authentic and unique art shop”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

For those of you looking for an authentic piece of art that will remind you of Dubrovnik and its beauty, this is the place to visit. Those who know Dubrovnik well can attest to the uniqueness and worth of the art pieces that are sold in this shop. For those that might be just visiting for the first time, and want to take with them a piece of memory from Dubrovnik, this really is the best place to visit in the Old City.
All the art is handmade, some pieces like cloth patterns take days to complete. They represent the typical works of the region of Dubrovnik and truly represent the essence and uniqueness that belongs to this beautiful city.
In addition, the store is so tastefully decorated and presented that it’s a treat just to come to see it.

Visited August 2012
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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful Art in a Beautiful Space”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Dubrovnik has no shortage of shopping available; sadly what it does have is a shortage of shops selling authentic pieces of culture worthy of the city. This is where Kokula comes in. The Art (especially the cloth patterns) were exquisite and hand made by family members of the shopkeeper. Speaking of the shopkeepers, both that we met were super friendly and helpful.

The long and the short of it is that, if you find yourself in Dubrovnik (and hopefully you do, because it is incredible) and want something that is going to help you remember what a unique place it is go to Kokula or you might as well get a magnet with a donkey in sunglasses on it and call it a day.

Visited September 2012
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