Cadiz crafts tour

There are few provinces in which there is such clear distinction between traditional and up-dated crafts. The latter are a result of strict transformation in production, equipment and distribution processes. A remarkable example of this is seen in leather goods from Ubrique, where all sorts of articles are made for firms of the first order well known throughout the world. Prado del Rey has developed along similar lines. Harness making continues to be one of the main crafts of the province, where Jerez, Alcalá de los Gazules and Villamartín are the best known places. Harnesses for coaches are made, as well as for riding.

Wine making in Jerez, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María, apart from providing a market of casks, attracted people of English origin who influenced customs to some extent. There are some good cabinetmarkets in Sanlúcar de Barrameda and San Fernando, specialising in traditional English furniture, amde of mahogany, doing the joining and decorating by hand.

Other places devote themselves to saddle making, such as Prado del Rey, where the skeleton of the saddle is made of beech wood and the seat proper, of vegetable fibre; El Bosque where pine, beech and eucaliptus are used, and Benamahona.

There is still a good number of forges in the province of Cádiz devoted to crafted iron goods. The main centre is Arcos, that boasts five workshops, followed by Cádiz, Chiclana, Olvera and Sanlúcar. The abundance of workshops is explained by the wish to keep tradtional buildings in good condition, where window grilles are still used, plus iron gates, stairs, etc.

Other significant craft are the blankets and ponchos made in Grazalema and the dolls from Chiclana.

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