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The traditional crafts of the area have their origin in rural communities that were based during Muslim times in the provinces of Málaga and Granada. It isn't difficult to find local craftsmen who work with wood, pita, esparto, forged iron or clay. Alhama de Granada and Vélez-Málaga are the most important craft centres of the region; most craftsmen throughout the region take their crafts to these towns to sell them.

  • Forged Iron. Forging is the art of giving form to any given piece of iron. This craft takes us to the first era of the Iron Age when man discovered this useful mineral which was essential to create weapons and tools.  To create these wonders it was only necessary to heat the precious metal up and use a hammer to give it the desired form. Years ago, Alhama de Granada was the place to find the best iron ploughs, etc. Nowadays these forges only create works of art and decorations.  
  • Ceramics. A unique pottery technique is characteristic of Alhama and its surrounding area
  • Mosaics.  These artisan floor tiles are an exact replica of those made throughout history. Handmade and pressed with a hydraulic press. The mosaics are made from sand, cement, colouring and marmolena.
  • Textiles. Taking things slowly and with patience is fundamental to making traditional materials. This traditional craft is still alive in some of the mountain villages in the area, as well as the long lost craft of basket-making. Looms still exist in some remote villages though, unfortunately, there are not many left.  

 

 

 

 
   
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