The artisan tradition is one of the characteristics of Granada. Since ancient times, artisans have been crafting and selling their precious products, turning them into famous objects all over the world. The typical products of Granada are a nice memory that we can take with us to always remember our unforgettable visit to the city. Granada has a rich tradition of crafts and local products that can be purchased in the many craft shops all over the city.
Taracea is an ancient technique that perfectly reflects the influence of the Alhambra. It is used to decorate furniture, chests, cases and other wood-made objects.
It is done by embedding small geometric pieces of different materials such as wood (mahogany, ebony, palo-santo, walnut, wood of fruit trees), nacre, ivory and silver to create a decorative mosaic, with star-shaped or isolated figures. The pieces usually have a varnished finish that gives a lasting touch with brightness.
The used designs are the same that were used during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries for the decoration of furniture, ceilings and atauriques of the Alhambra.
It was originated in the Near East and was introduced in Spain by the Arabs. Taracea has evolved and nowadays a great variety of pieces are made, like cases, jewelers, trays, frames, trunks, boards or even magnets.
The pottery has a great tradition in Granada and is highly acclaimed. It has a strong Nasrid influence in techniques as well as in colors and ornamentations. One of the most famous ceramics is Fajalauza pottery, named after one of the doors with the same name on the wall that protected the Albaicín neighborhood. This door linked with the potters’ quarter located outside the walls where the workshops were located since 1517.
It stands out for its characteristic green and blue tones in decorative pieces such as plates, jars, tiles, glasses or pitchers. Its decorations have simple borders and plant motifs with the presence of the pomegranate, as a symbol of the city, and birds following the Moorish traditions.
The popular Fajalauza pottery maintained its primitive characteristics with little tin glaze, green or blue-gray decoration, plant motifs, birds or heraldic motifs. Although all this is maintained, the reproduction of different pieces and new formats has been evolving, as well as the expansion of the product to faraway places as Japan.
Hand-made guitars from Granada
The construction of guitars in a traditional way has a long history in Granada. There are workshops where this product is made in a completely manual following the tradition. Currently there are about 27 craftsmen, known as Luthiers. This job was not only transmitted from fathers to sons but also to some foreigners who became part of the guitar makers.
The craftsmen workshops are specialized in classical or flamenco guitar, and also offer the different accessories for this precious instrument, such as the capo or the strings.
Embroidery, shawls and mantillas
Another rich craftsmanship in the textile world are shawls and mantillas, with their elaborate embroidery. These precious fabrics are usually worn by women, to celebrate different local festivities. Specifically, they shine during Semana Santa or the Corpus festivity, which is the Granada fair.
Embroidery is handmade and with several different motifs.
Now you can distinguish the many products in the craft and souvenir shops in your visit to the city, as well as know more about the typical products of Granada. Get the ones you like the most and take a bit of your trip with you!
And don’t you forget that a shared joy image is the best memory you can have. Do a Pictourama!