Seville crafts tour

The historical and cultural assimilation of the heritage that the city and its surroundings have received, has resulted in varied crafts, often with distinctive features that make it unique. This is beacuse of the very close relationship between craftsmen and women and the celebrations of Holy Week. Seville may be the principal centre for traditional religious image makers.

Inspiration is still based on the models created by the main schools of Martínez Montañés and Pedro Roldán, as well as Juan de Mesa and Alonso Cano. Religious embroidey is still carried on in a small number of workshops that work for the fraternities, using gold and silver thread, silk and velvet for their handmade work. Celebrations in Seville imply the utmost conservations of all components, concerning goldsmiths and silversmiths particularly. Located near churches and convents, traditional workshops nowadays carry out their work related to religious feasts.

Triana is known for the likewise traditional crafts of potters and tile makers. There are workshops that make the typical pottery from Seville, specializing in tiles where blue, yellow, orange and mauve predominate. At Sanlúcar la Mayor, Hipano-Arabic designs - with metallic lustre - have ben recovered, and so have Renaissance designs, where yellow and blue predoninate. Traditional pottery is made at Carmona, Lebrija and Lora del Río. such necessary items are still made as jars for dressing olives, ewers, plates, flower pots, etc. The centuries old factory of table ware Pickman-La Cartuja de Sevilla should not be forgotten, with its Chinese designs and characteristic grey, pink and green shades.

Harness making has always been important in Seville. It is done in workshops in the centre of town that makes saddles, etc. to order. Harness making for horse carriages made at Carmona and Ecija is also flourishing. Villalba del Alcor is known for its tobacco pouches and various objects needed for shooting, such as gun cases, gamebags, cartridge belts, shoes and also saddles. Other craftsmen in Coria del Río, El Saucejo, Pilas and Puebla del Río are also known in this field.

Apart from the foregoing, there are other crafts such as that of the makers of back combs, an absolutely indispensable article for the Andalusian woman, either when dressed with a frilled dress or to accompany the "mantilla", worn at weddings or during Easter Thursday and Friday. They are made in Seville using cellulose and tortoise shell.

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