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Granada

Granada expresses its craftsmanship in what to-day remains of the Christian assimilation of Nasrid art. Marquetry is probably the craft that is most odentified with it. Alongside marquetry techniques, we must add that of incrustation of different materials, from bone to mother-of-pearl, from amber to ivory. Production has beennn mechanized to the extent required to streamline auxiliary steps, such as cutting and sandpapering, but the remaining processes are still done by hand. Boxes, decorated cabinets, frames, chairs, tables, chess sets, chests, trays, etc., are made.

Capileira is known for its cabinetmaking in Mudéjar style, whereas Baza prefers the Renaissance fashion (the two main lines of inspiration). Granada still has many turners, one of the most versatile trades owing to its production. Furthermore, the art of gilding is intimately connected with Granadan furniture, particularly cornucopias, frames and consoles. The turner is frequently also a carver. Granada is one of the towns with the largest number of tapestry workshops, devoted to restoration and repair work.

Popular pottery in Granada keeps very traditional models and manufacturing systmes; potters are frequently found that do not use any type of machinery, they have kilns built in the last century. Potters' wheels in Guadix are found sunk in the ground; here they make the Accitan (Acci, Roman name for Guadix) jar, a sort of filigree in clay, full of ornamental details. Pottery made nowaday has inherited the techniques, models and decoration of Nasrid times, including the varieties such as the Andalusí, that of metallic lustre, "cuerda seca" (painting in manganese mixed with a greasy medium, and most typical of Granada or of Fajalauza, where greens and blues are the most representative colours, used in stylized drawings of pmergranates, as well as birds and flowers. Tiles, ewers, plates, jugs, etc. are traditional objects recovered by the craftmen of El Albaicín, Purullena and Las Alpujarras.

Lastly, we must not to forget the importance of vegetable fibres, where Guadix stands out, with small workshops of long history in making rush-bottomed chairs of traditional styles, and Lanjarón that produces all kinds of wicker baskets. Granada is also widely known as a main concentration of guitar makers and for the quality of their instruments.

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