Damascene artisans

This art was known for centuries in Egypt, Greece, Rome, Arabia and Japan. In the 15th century it became popular in Europe, and Toledo became the capital of damascene industry until today. Damascening is the art of inlaying different metals, typically gold or silver,  into a darkly oxidized steel background to produce intricate patterns. There is no craft or gift shop in Toledo without beautiful damascene samples. In some of them you can even watch how artisans work.

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