Terque recovers two years later the day of the resumption of the old trades


Terque lived yesterday Sunday the XVIII Day of Resumption of Old Trades. The objective of this activity was to promote and recall all these trades or traditional jobs that have disappeared or are now in sharp decline. The rapid changes undergone in recent decades by traditional ways of life have jeopardized and forgotten jobs and trades that have been the mainstay of daily life for centuries and centuries.

Work related to viticultural agriculture has been the backbone of activities such as the elaboration of traditional barrels for the grapes destined for shipment and the work of dressing the grapes: cleaning and packaging.



Each year, new professions and jobs are integrated. In total more than 50 different trades and tasks: the crier, the sharpener, the potter, the slaughterhouse, the weaver of cane and esparto, the engraver, the launderer, etc…

The day has an increasing participation of visitors and artisans from all over the province coming from Terque, Benahadux, Vélez Rubio, Huércal Overa, Pechina, Gádor, Alhama, Alcolea, Laujar and Almería. The activity is organized by the Town Hall of Terque and the Association of Friends of Terque Museums.

Among the trades and tasks present yesterday in the streets of Terque was the sharpener (Enrique Nieto de Terque), Pottery (Salvador Hernandez de Vera); manufacture of barrels (Eduardo Ortega and Manuel Benavides from Berja and Guillermo García and Manuel Belmonte from Terque); waffle iron (Manuel Palomar de Terque); bicycles (Manuel Felices de Pechina); rocket reed, craft (José Ángel Navarro de Terque); Factor (Antonio Rodríguez de Alhabia); cane basketry (Dolores Santiago de Gador).

You might also find the Farfolla basketry (Women’s Association of Huécija); blind from novels (Juan Salvador López Galán from Granada); priests, altar boy (Andrés Costa and Manuel García de Terque); Trimming and hulling of maize (Pepa Romero); Whitewashed walls. children’s workshop (Neighbors of Terque); chair rigger (Francisco Ramos Fenoy de Sorbas); broom (Emilio Amate de Terque); Sparta (María Pérez from Huércal Overa, Manuel Utrilla from Alcolea, Ángel Cantón Amate from Terque and Simón Clares from Canjáyar); Grape slaughter (Women of Terque); Lined buttons (Antonio and Guillermo Contreras de Terque); The police station (Javier Amate and Jacinto Ayala de Terque)

He didn’t miss his appointment Spinner (Maribel Morales Pedrosa from Alhama de Almería); cages (Ramon Morales from Granada); cheeses (Artisanal Cheese Factory El Pericho de Roquetas), the Slaughter with the Women of Terque; the washerwomen (Girls and Women of Terque); woodturning (Juan Carlos Parra from Huercal Overa); marble worker (Andrés Molina Franco de Macael); jams (Rafael Pozo from Casa de Avio de La Cañada); Music (Sorbas band); Bakeries (Luis Cortes de Terque and Paqui Rodríguez and Pepe Díaz de Huércal); Fig bread (Carmen Lopez Ribas from Alhama); Pyrotechnics La Zorra (Antonio Almezija de Illar); Crier (Jose Luis Segura de Terque); Race bottom repair (Ruiz de Terque present); Silk. Thread (Rosamary Maqueda de Illar; silk jobs (Sisters González of Pechina); Serene (neighbor of Terque); Loom (Crafts Plaza de Laujar); nougat (Miguel the Confectioner of Ugíjar; Candle making (Association of Friends of the Benahadux Museum) and The modernist. fabric store (Natalia Gil and Maria Dolores Amate).

Professions that have fallen into oblivion and are reborn every year in Terque

The time of artisans, trades, is being forgotten. Many of the objects used by men came from small workshops and shops or came from the hand of itinerant trades. Today, most manufactures are born in factories and industries where machines have replaced the slow and meticulous work of the tools and hands of the ancient craftsmen. On any ground floor of a house there was a business, a store, a small workshop, close places, neighborhood places, places of wisdom where they knew you, where sometimes they took care from you with confidence. Each trade was an art, which was learned after years of experience, which began in childhood when he entered as an apprentice. Others were itinerant trades, the woodcutter who gave fountains and pitchers a second chance. The pencil sharpener who blew his incomparable whistle, knives, scissors and razors came to meet him. Many of them have disappeared – the coopers, the woodcutters – others have experienced the decline of their trades in recent years. Each year they are reborn in Terque.

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