In Priego there are many local artisans that preserve this handcrafted work which dates back many centuries. This kind of work is an art made with the hands, which many people made it in the past but at present this work have dissapeared in many villages.
Nevertheless, nowadays in Priego there are people work in the art of carving, imagery, gilding, cabinetmaking and forging.
In the 17th - 18th centuries the population was enriched thanks to the textile industry, the trade of the silk and the alcantarinos monk settlement. For these reasons, the number of masters of Baroque increased and they made many artistic pieces in Priego. This situation contributed to the creation of workshops in order to the learning of these professions of which knowledge is still present in our society.
For this reason, the carving realised in Priego is the baroque style similar to the style of Granada because it follows the models of objets, altars, furnitures and cornucopias which are preserved in houses and churches of this locality.
The carving and the forging are the basic pillars of this handicraft. There are artisan workshops of which works of restoration, furnitures, religious carvings and gildings are famed throughout Andalucía and the rest of the Peninsula.
You can admire the mastery in the wrought ironwork of the balconies and windows which decorate our streets.
There are other crafts that can still be seen, although they are becoming gradually more scarce, such as weaving on the wooden looms know as gobiernos. All these crafts are resulted from the important textile industry that was present during the 19th century in Priego de Córdoba.
These wooden looms have different colours and forms used for bedspreads, blankets, curtains, etc.
The women of this region continue with the tradition of embroidery, crochet and lacemaking. In rural areas, the tradition of agricultural and household creating with produce such as esparto, with which they make panniers for mules, baskets and ropes made with horsehairs. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the strangest and most interesting activity is the weaving with spelt whealt, which is a cereal ideal for weaving.
The continuation of this ethnographic knowledge have allowed for organising exhibitions, which are exposed in the History and Archaeology Museum.