Teacher founded by history since the Abbasid era in the narrow alleys of the area, a large tender their industries that have established the most prominent and oldest Iraqi markets, "Hammam Saffarin market or beeps"; as it is called the Iraqis. Taking the market rate of a substance called zero (copper), in this market and its products embodied the civilization of Iraq and its history Bmtarq Hammam Saffarin the most skilled professionals, to form the various paintings and copper shapes, and which today is in danger of extinction.
Copper basis of this market
Workers say beeps market of the owners of the profession, is a copper base material industries, which is famous for its market, and called the owners of the profession, "Hammam Saffarin", and divided their work according to the stages of production, Some sculptor using a hammer and screw, and designed decorations that Stnan on copper plates, and others are working to refine Product after decoration and polished, colored or some of its parts to make artistic touches more aesthetic pots, as these forms can inlay with precious stones and semi-precious stones, textured paint or enamel. This process does not need to exist, but experts in this market, because it is a profession requires effort and patience, and the results of the work is the creativity that Zain most houses Baghdadi, and moved with tourists to the whole world in the past decades.
The professionals in the market, "that this market Trathiat of Baghdad, a group of narrow streets and alleys located in the field area, and near the Al-Rashid Street, an area can be considered a heritage presented and their importance. And there is a law established by the government spends as any building older than a hundred years legacy heritage can not be disposed of, and must be maintained on the old privacy, and this is what worked the Heritage Department in Baghdad, while the developed area of the field where the beeps market is located at the top of the list, but This changed after 2003 no longer beeps market as in the past, where shops were sold to dealers cloth and others. "
Low market factors
Explains Sam Younis, a craftsman in beeps market, for "new Arab", reasons that have occurred in the market and changed the antique features, which is trying hard to retain the flavor of heritage and resistance to extinction surrounding factors, the most important of those reasons, he says Younis, "government neglect and lack of support and lack thereof. " He adds: "It was more like a Mtarguena Bnoth musical reached through which our goods to the whole world, when there were foreign tourists buying what Made by Hammam Saffarin fingertips."
He continues Younis, saying that: "Day after day, we are witnessing dwindling and the decline of shops, which means copper industry in beeps market, Valsafaron today are only a handful, which replaced many of them of their profession, and show others shops of their work for sale or lease, after what they boast about it and Psogahm which they see as the most important markets of Baghdad, without parallel. " He adds: "The ongoing wars fought by Iraq negatively affected all professions, and the Trathiat this country, including the beeps market, which led to the migration of artisans and let them work as a result of threats and killings and insecurity", adding that "the profession is no longer profitable, and no one asked goods only rarely, "where there have become necessities in life is more important to the important, and some believe that it is not important to the acquisition of a board or piece of copper in light of the difficult economic conditions they are experiencing.
Younis and confirms that the "lack of skill transfer or bequeath to the generations, as was the case in the past, leading to extinction and loss of career Hammam Saffarin and their market." He points out that the profession was not spared from fraud, especially with the entry of some of what he called outsiders, who are not interested in is quick profit no matter how poor the product, as they are working Chinese importer, which is less expensive than the local product factory manually, and shows that the absence of censorship prominent role decline in the profession, because the beeps market requires a lot of precision, patience and deliberation and taste, this market features: the existence of craftsmen these specifications and who have inherited the profession from father to son, also inherited constitution in ways to copper, and this does not need other markets where there from time to time the emergence of new and other vendors do not need to imagination, innovation and precision.
As for the prices of manufactures, Yunus says that there is no specific price. Previously, the state supports Hammam Saffarin copper raw material, but today every buys his merchandise himself, every piece price is calculated according to the difficulty of their work and its accuracy and the amount of copper and quality, setting off a price of $ 10 a piece, and up to $ 300 and more.
Alambtaon beeps in the market
Shaker Rusafi, (55 years), from the pioneers of the market says, for "the new Arab": The beeps market tourist landmark to his foot and his place in the history of Baghdad, especially his bio in the courtyard of the field, and this prompted some Hammam Saffarin of craftsmen to not abandoning their profession, because There eager customers on the acquisition Turathiat and antiques handmade, which represents the part of the Iraqi People, hardware, these products of plates and various forms considered the best brass gift can be provided for people appreciate these manufactures, especially foreigners, to introduce them to Bturathiat Baghdadi Iraqi, embodied by the models and paintings skillfully manufactured and mastery.
He continues Rusafi: "Although the market change shape than it was in the past, but I am keen care to visit him from time to time, to buy some paintings and antiques, as this market, or rather the remaining shops in it, is the remains of a beautiful time and saddens me greatly change shops the sale of lecithin and copperplate to other occupations, quite different from the real market profession.
Such as Rusafi, Marwa, 36-year old, it is one of the market leaders, but the day came with the travelers, who are acquiring this copperplate before they travel and migration from Iraq, Marwa is a copperplate of Turathiat because most of them inscribed with the winged lion and the Ishtar Gate, Babylon and other Iraqi civilization, so I buy because these antiques alone reminiscent of Iraq after that emigrate. Ended O.h
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