In the Alentejo of Portugal there are fields of ancient cork trees. Every seven years a tree has the bark stripped off leaving a red trunk. The Portuguese say the trees are blushing because they feel naked. The cork used to be used for corks in wine bottles. Now there is a huge market for cork to be used to make handbags, belts, wallets, hot plates, and all sorts of handicrafts. All over Portugal you can purchase these well made cork products. I bought several cork and silver bracelets as gifts when I was in Portugal recently.