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Wandering through the beautiful streets of Bruges it's hard not to notice the rich supply of bookshops, publishers, illustrators and the amazing artwork made by the talented craftsmen and women of Bruges. Handmade in Brugge puts the Bruges-based makers on the map, both literally and figuratively speaking. Sample their traditional craftsmanship and be surprised by the mix of ancient and modern techniques.
Creativity has ruled the roost in Bruges for centuries, and so it comes as no surprise that the city is still home today to an extraordinary number of creative entrepreneurs. Some have gained a name and reputation, while other eagerly labour on the sidelines. But always the people of Bruges cherish their talents.
It’s the city known for chocolate milk, fries and beer. Well, that’s the “boring” side of Bruges that we all know! What else do we know about the city? The historic city centre is beautiful, it has canals and swans, huge churches, and is on the UNESCO world heritage list.
Discover and let yourself be inspired by shops, where designers apply new textiles in their work and experiment with different kinds of innovative materials.
I had the luck and honour to meet a few people in Bruges which are making handmade music instruments. Three men, three incredible stories. Here’s part one of this series, about Dirk Defauw and his Exclusive Drums.