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Traditional work which has survived in the region has gradually adapted to new functions, linked more to valuing the quality and beauty of pieces than to the practical need for them in everyday life. This is the case of production of wicker baskets, ceramics or brass objects.

In the past, many were used for grape harvesting, wine storing or liquor production, but nowadays they are admired for their aesthetic qualities instead, as decorative objects. Changes in society and its accompanying objects have led to the gradual loss of many of these trades over recent decades. However, a movement in favour of recovering and valuing them has recently gained strength.

A tradition of brass and copper work - nowadays almost extinct - was established around wine and grape products and was highly renowned in municipalities such as Lemos, Sober and Portomarín. These metals were used to make stills for distilling liquor. Changes in public health regulations and evolution of the sector itself meant that home-made production of liquor, and the well-known figure of the door-to-door liquor seller, were no longer common in the Ribeira Sacra and throughout Galicia.

Certain traditions, for example the work of weavers and clog-makers, are preserved in Chantada. This is in addition to basket-weaving, which gave rise to the production of Bergaza jugs, using willow plants which also provided the raw material for supporting vines.

En Quiroga se produce actualmente aceite puro de oliva sin refinar, a partir de olivas de la zona. La producción artesanal de este aceite destaca por su carácter excepcional, constituyendo un caso único en Galicia.

Pero sin lugar a dudas es la alfarería (ollería) el oficio tradicional más relevante, tanto por la calidad de sus productos como porque supieron adaptarse a las nuevas funciones, creando una imagen de calidad reconocida fuera de estas comarcas. Los centros de Gundivós (en Sober) y Niñodaguia (Xunqueira de Espadanedo), son centros de una producción muy apreciada.

De menor relevancia que la alfarería pero sin menospreciar su importancia podemos nombra a los afiladores, oficio propio de la tierra destacado en las zonas de Esgos y Nogueria de Ramuin, cuya función se basaba en afilar cuchillos y arreglar paraguas así como otros objetos que la gente les llevaba cuando escuchaban su inconfundible llamada

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