Jaen crafts tour

The history of culture and art in Jaén is conditionated by its situation on the frontier between Moors and Christians. some of the crafts that distinguished this province have disappeared, as is the case of silk. At the present time, the best known craft here is the pottery of Andújar, known for its grotesque jugs and objects in white and blue. The pottery of Úbeda is very well known, the handsome ewer being one of its most representative objects, and so are items decorated with white oxide. Pottery of Bailén is known for its water ewers, jars and large bowls.

Jaén is a place renown for its vegetables fibre crafts. There is record of traditional fibre crafts in the 11th c. at Úbeda, and nowadays wicker and other fibres are used at Los Villares.

Metal crafts have sevral representatives. Artistic wrought iron work is done at Alcalá la Real, Bélmez de la Moraleda, Jaén, Martos, Mengíbar, Úbeda and Torredonjimeno, the latter is specially outstanding for its traditional work, such as handrails, lamps and grilles, apart from some brilliant embossing. Among the carious trades that have made Úbeda known are the lamp-makers, who make lanterns with tinplate an glass - either transparent or coloured - in many different shapes. Lastly, the guitars of Marmolejo are widely known and so are the leather goods from Andújar and Porcuna, made for farmers and hunters...

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