What $100 Buys in… Andalusia
The crafts of southern Spain are such a steal, we couldn’t even spend $100 when we tried.
At Granada's Laguna Taller de Taracea wood shop, travelers get to observe experts in the Moorish inlay technique of marquetry and then take home their own lightweight wooden coaster for mere pocket change. Laguna Taller de Taracea, Real de la Alhambra 30, Granada, laguna-taracea.com.
The decorative ceramic tilework seen in the fortresses, villas, and courtyards of Seville, Andalusia's capital, is the city's signature craft. This two-inch-square piece came from a demolished 19th-century building and bears the symbol of Spain's Castile region. Populart, Pasaje de Vila 4, Seville, 011-34/95-422-9444.
An elegant alternative to the ornate peineta hair combs sold in area souvenir shops, the delicate sterling hairpins from Seville silversmith Antonio Bustamante work just as well to secure a flamenco-inspired updo. Calle Arfe at Calle Dos de Mayo, Seville, 011-34/95-456-0013.
$16 Coin purse
While Córdoba's 500-year-old tradition of leather embossing is still going strong, today's designers rely on modern juxtapositions of color and texture, as with this palm-size purse. Zoco Municipal, Calle Judíos, Córdoba, artesaniadecordoba.com.
Named for a popular 19th-century novelist who worked in Seville, the Fernán Caballero stationery shop specializes in handmade trinket boxes and large sheets of marbled paper. Fernán Caballero, Pasaje de Vila 13, Seville.
This six-inch-wide, sunshine-yellow dish by Cerámicas Rakú-one of a handful of studios authorized to sell at Córdoba's tightly vetted souk-is an artistic riff on the Star of David. Zoco Municipal, Calle Judíos, Córdoba, artesaniadecordoba.com.