Uruguay has an impressive legacy of artistic and literary traditions, especially for its small size. Uruguay has centuries old remains, fortresses of the colonial era. Its cities have a rich architectural heritage and an impressive number of writers, artists, and musicians. Inland, we find the culture of the gaucho, the cowboys of South America. To this day, gauchos wear the same traditional dress as generations ago. Complete with it’s own music and dance; gaucho is about pride and dignity, individual integrity, and national identity. As far as general arts and crafts, Uruguayans are excellent in creating the most beautiful handcrafted leather goods. Homegrown leather is transformed into belts, boots, hats, and purses. The people are also renowned for their handmade woolen items, especially woolen sweaters. There is also a niche of ceramic crafts that reflect local color.