The towns of Ilocos Norte are beehives of traditional crafts and trades. The making of pots, mats, cloth, blankets, bolos (multi-purpose knives) and basi (sugarcane wine) are important sources of livelihood. In particular, the abel Iloko (hand wooven cloth) has found ready markets both here and abroad.
Through the centuries, each town has developed its own specialties. San Nicoals, for instance, is famous for its clay jars while Pagudpud is known for its pandan mats. Other traditional industries include bamboo craft and processed meat delicacies such as longganiza (sausage) and bagnet (deep-fried pork).