Coppersmith at work in Lahic, Azerbaijan, March 2017
Perched in the southern foothills of the Great Caucasus, sits the ancient settlement of Lahic. As long as you visit slightly out of season and avoid the masses of local tourists you step into another world. The cobbled streets and old buildings, the smoke and clanking of copper, and locals chatting in their Persian dialect will whisk you back in time.
The locals still practice their old crafts of which copper making is the best known. Stick your head in through a doorway and you’ll be welcomed to watch the work in progress. It’s hot and hard labour, but they are immensely proud of their products, which are seen decorating the walls of the local houses. And, of course, you can buy any products that take your fancy.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 6 September 2020
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