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The Pavilion of al-Andalus and Science, marvelous Alhambra and famous crafts ateliers of the Alpujarras, in the 5th seminar of the project ‘Regio Crafts’

The 5th, last seminar in the frames of the project ‘Regio Crafts’ took place from September 9th till 11th Granada (Spain). The general objective of the seminar was ‘General Policy Development and design for strengthening craft industry’.

 

The current issues: Financial and economic support mechanisms for crafts development; Vocational education, training and skills transfer in the crafts sector; Lines of work in the artistic formation for a quality crafts industry.

 

The event was organized in the Pavilion of al-Andalus and Science by the Andalusian Public Foundation El legado andalusi. Participants from Latvia, Bulgaria, the Nederlands, Portugal, Spain and Greece after the presentations could visit the great exposition in the park and pavilion of science as well as ceramic masterclass and glass workshop in the Granada School of Art.

 

After the seminar sessions there was an opportunity to visit the monument of Alhambra and Generalife, guided visit to Granada historical center and visit to the Cathedral, Spanish guitar atelier, Albayzin, Moorish quarter of the city located on a hill facing the Alhambra, the Mirador de San Nicolas with spectacular view of the Alhambra Palace, the city of Granada and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The last day was devoted to study crafts visit to the Route of the Alpujarras (Pampaneira and Capileira) situated in the south of the giant montain peaks of the Mulhacen and the Veleta in Sierra Nevada, the Alpujarras were considered invincible for hundreds of years. The terracing and the irrigation of the hillsides (the "Alta Alpujarra") was the work of Berbers, who inhabited this area. They also created villages on the hillsides in the style to which they were accustomed in the mountains of North Africa: narrow, winding streets and small flat-roofed houses. Later on, this beautiful piece of country fell into oblivion, until the travellers of the romantic era discovered it again. Different crafts and traditions have survived until the present day. The route passes the last Arabic enclaves, between the Sierra Nevada and the Sierras of Lujar and of Contraviesa. Mountainous landscapes, picturesque white villages and deep valleys and gorges dominate great parts of the itinerary as Puerto de la Ragua on 2.000 meters/6.500 feet. During the trip we visited several ateliers: glass, steel and textiles. Walk through Pampaneira, typical village was excellent due to its famous craft shops, but in Capileira we visited a leather atelier.