Guide Crafts in Spain - Spanish Traditional Crafts
Spanish crafts are very beautiful and interesting.
Spanish crafts, the varied production of which is the fruit of centuries-old
traditions, constitutes a tourist attraction of great
importance. There is a
great deal of specialised business activity in this sector in practically every
Spanish city, especially in the tourist areas.
There are many popular folk crafts. Some folk
lace work, pottery, and leather work. Many folk crafts are made for
the children. Some have to do with religion. Many of the spanish crafts
are bright and colorful.
Leather & Textiles
Among the outstanding traditional Spanish crafts made in Spain are leather
products, produced in many different regions though the Andalucian leatherwork
renowned for the excellent quality of its leather and its up-to-date, painstaking
designs. The recent boost experienced by Spanish fashion designers has consolidated
the prestige of this sector and had a positive effect on other crafts, such
as that of shoemaking, which in Spain is centred in Alicante and the Balearic
Isles. Special mention should be made of the fashion designers in Ibiza,
they have created a style all their own based essentially on Balearic popular
traditions and they have enjoyed great success with their collections.
For the most part, their creations are made by hand with traditional fabrics.
Regarding purely decorative crafts, Spain also offers a great variety of different
products and schools.
A Spanish craft which are well represented, thanks there wide-spread success,
are ceramics, they are well represented with at least one unique type in
in Galicia, have benefited from the search for new styles and are now one
of the leading avant-garde Spanish schools. The ceramics made in Talavera
de la Reina, more conservative in style, are products that respect an age-old
tradition. The production volume of this type of ceramics has made it one
of the most widely known Spanish crafts. Also important is the Manises school
of ceramics in Valencia, famous for the metallic sheen of its crystal glasses.
Together with ceramics, glass making merits mention as well. Centred fundamentally
in the Balearic Isles, this craft is one of Spain's most attractive because
of its beauty.
Traditional wooden furniture is a Spanish craft that is well represented by
the workshops around Valencia. Castilla y Leon also excels in this sector,
Granada and Murcia are noteworthy for their beautiful, hand-woven rugs.
Iron crafts constitute one of the decorative arts associated with
Spanish crafts. There are many different traditions and schools, though
the most outstanding on the merits of their long traditions and quality are