The Benedictine nuns make lace fibers using various techniques: tenerife, tenerife with netting, filet embroidery and a particular technique called antika. The particular characteristic of the lace motifs is the fact that they are made without a template, inspired by the spur of the moment and created according to the imagination of the Benedictine nuns. The lace is never washed or ironed and is kept under glass for protection. Aloe lace making is art and can be given on special occasions as an original souvenir from Hvar. The skill of Hvar lace making was inscribed in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009.
This plant is especially loved by Bernie Ecclestone who loves to shop Lavender souvenirs, scented reminders of a Hvar summer. Lavender sachets for a relaxing sleep, bags filled with dried flowers and bouquets of braided flowers with stems are rather popular. Products also in demand are small bottles of essential oil, fragrances, scented toilet soaps, bath salts but also lavender honey and various sweets. They are sold in stalls on the main square in Hvar and other surrounding villages.
Here we come to the eternal question which was featured in passionate debates between winemakers and wine lovers, which came first: Plavac or Zinfandel? Recent DNA encoding found that Zinfandel is an ancestor of Plavac Mali, but this fact only reveals that it is a wine that will surely keep its promise. So, what is Plavac, you ask? Plavac Mali is the most widely planted grape along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. The name describes the color and size of grape. In Croatian “mali” means small, and “plavac”; what is blue. Plavac Mali, as a genetic offspring of Zinfandel (in Italy known as the Primitivo variety) and Dobričić grapes, it’s one of Croatia's best wines. It is distinguished by the natural intensity of the dark and ripe fruit like black cherry, licorice, black pepper and cloves.
Olive trees have been cultivated for over a century on the island. Olive groves bordered by grey stones surround Hvar Island and you can see beautiful olive trees everywhere. Olive harvesting season in Hvar is from October to November – and natives on Hvar consider this God's chosen time.