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Another aspect that represents our city is the large trading tradition that has been developing for centuries.
Seville is characterized by its handcraft business starring mainly pottery andceramics. The first works are dated from the Neolithic age, although it is during the Muslim Period when they acquired their own personality, enriched later by classic techniques and formulae. Thus, we see decorative Muslim motives to baroque style drawn throughout the classic Italian style from the 16th century.
The ceramic artistic production is located in Triana and began during the Muslim age: the ceramists Hispano-Arabic’s provided the glazed pottery and its application in facades, floors, and roofs. Later, the mudejar adopted eastern techniques that constituted the local style base. This way they began to make mosaics and tiles, dominating hand painted works. Surprisingly, nowadays many of these ornaments remain the major figures in a large number of streets, buildings, playgrounds and even restaurants in our city.
The Guadalquivir Valley’s wealth in mud and clay has also influenced its home and agrarian application, thanks to the production, from the potters’ part, of those typical elements in our life, such as drinking jugs.
We also have to point out the handcrafted works made in the Cartuja, founded in 1839 by Charles Pickman.
Today, Seville maintains a large network of establishments where you can acquire many of these kind of gods, realized with the same commitment as the centuries before them. Some products, such as “mantones, mantillas, bordados, encajes, abanicos, instrumentos musicales, trajes de flamenca and its complements” are a clear example of the Sevillian handcrafting.
The “mantones” are a very widely used cloth in Seville for special events that occur in the evening. We can see them in the Feria and sometimes in weddings.
In Seville, there is deep tradition in the use of “mantilla”. They are used in Holy Week, when Sevillian women wear the “mantilla” on the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, they also use them in weddings, the matron of Honor, and even the traditional bride.
Abanicos, which are fans, are widely used in the city and hand painted.
One very important dress is the “traje de Flamenca”, it is the only regional dress subject to fashion, and its complements, whose function is to embellish the dress (earrings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, mantoncillos, shoes, flowers…) all must go together.
In Seville the handcraft industry is very connected to Holy Week, thanks to which many handcrafted works and traditions are maintained. This can be seen in Gold embroidery, silversmith, cabinetmaking, making of religious images and wax making. We have to remark on the reproduction of small images of the most famous images from Seville.
Apart from the handcrafting tradition that characterize our city, Seville has become a very important fashion centre the last years, thanks to local designers such as Vitorio & Luchino and Toni Benitez- both part of the Fashion Association in Seville (ADEMOS)- and the Andalusian Fashion Centre (CAM), to which recently have joined some important firms, such as Adolfo Dominguez, Roberto Verino, loewe and many other firms from the city.
Together with them, the traditional markets are maintained and placed in the streets on scheduled days during the week, where the visitors can find anything from used objects, worthy antiques, stamps, animals and handcrafted art.