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Artisan traditions to discover can be the motivation of a weekend in northern Sardinia
The art of ceramics in Sardinia
In Sardinia, the tradition of ceramics has remote origins, the most important archaeological museums on the island conserve finds dating back five thousand years ago. The production of everyday objects has passed into the hands of the skilled artisans, first of all Nuraghic, then Punic, Roman, Medieval, but it has only been established nationally in the twentieth century.
Even today this ancient art is a fundamental element of the Sardinian artistic tradition, thanks to the workshops of local artisans, who with passion and dedication continue to make it live.
Of particular value are the dishes, of various sizes and shapes, with decorations inspired by the local fauna, the rural world and traditional breads. And then the jugs for the water, the basins used for the dough, the jars for food storage, the lamps and other furnishing accessories.
In the art of jewelery and the processing of precious metals, silver has always been the prince of metals. For centuries present in almost every type of artistic-craft workmanship, it has contended for gold and filigree the first place among the metals most requested by laboratories and markets. These two metals over the centuries have been accompanied in the creation of jewels to a multitude of hard stones. The fantasy of the goldsmiths masters has also linked them to coral and from a few decades to obsidian, pasta of dark volcanic origin which is rich in Monte Arci. The artisanal production is intended both for the ornamentation of traditional costumes, as in the case of buttons, earrings, pendants, brooches, rings and necklaces, and to the religious field in the processing of crosses, medals and rosaries.
Alghero, the capital of red coral since the seventeenth century
Silver, but above all gold: in Alghero (Nurra) there are numerous laboratories that work these precious metals and make very popular jewels, even combined with coral. For centuries, fishing for red coral has fed many Algherese families: not only shipowners and fishermen, but also the craftsmen who worked this noble inhabitant of the Sardinian sea.
In recent decades, coral reefs have become smaller, but the tradition of local artistic craftsmanship that forges red coral (and rose) jewelry, often with yellow gold insertions, remains high. Earrings, pendants, bracelets, necklaces: shapes and types are the most varied.
In the historic center and in the Lungomare are open many laboratories and shops where you can buy these jewels and even small coral sculptures.
"The sword of the people", sa resolza
In Pattada, sa resolza (the typical knife called in certain areas of Leppa) is symbolically planted in the heart of every single inhabitant of the country. This, in fact, is the emblem of the entire community: a village of about 3500 inhabitants, the one located at the highest altitude among all the municipalities of the province of Sassari. This is therefore the country of Sardinian knives or, better to say, the most famous Sardinian knives come from this country, so much so that they are also known by the name of pattadese. Tradition is lost in memory. Centuries of refined craftsmanship that originated in the historic proximity of the country to iron deposits. The transition to the current knives came with the advent of cast iron, the link between the old iron, now rusty, and the current steel, indestructible, which constitutes each modern blade made according to the appropriate criteria.
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