In Daghestan in the USSR, a time-honoured tradition of skilled crafts continues. Once a part?
GV Village of Kubachi in Daghestan, USSR, PAN TO mist-shrouded hillside.
GV House on hillside.
LV Two women walking along street.
SV INTERIOR Ornamental mantlepiece. TILT DOWN TO fire.
SV ZOOM IN TO CU Gaji Kishov, oldest craftsman in Kubachi.
CU Gaji Kishov studies and then engraves silver goblet.
CU Six completed gold goblets.
CU ZOOM OUT TO SCU Wine-drinking set consisting of a pitcher and goblets.
CU Engraved tea-pot and sugar bowl.
CU Daggers and swords. (2 SHOTS)
CU Women's jewellery. (3 SHOTS)
CU Revolving ornamental plate.
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Background: In Daghestan in the USSR, a time-honoured tradition of skilled crafts continues. Once a part of the Persian Empire, the area came under Russia's influence in the early 15th century. The craft found there now is a blend of the two cultures. The area is famous for its carpet-weaving, wood and bone-carving, and for skilled work in silver and gold.
SYNOPSIS: Kubachi, a village in Daghestan, has become famous for its skilled crafts. It is high up in the mountains, in an area rich in iron ore, nonferrous and rare metals. Its name means, 'makers of coats of mail', referring to the work of making and decorating weapons and armour over the centuries.
The houses in the village are filled with examples of intricate mosaics.
Gaji Kishov is the oldest craftsman in the village. He works in silver. His eye still discerning and his hand still steady, he examines the line of the goblet and then painstakingly works the design. His and other villagers' work is exhibited in the Museums of Moscow and Leningrad.
Each year the craftsmen of Kubachi use four to five tons of silver to make finely worked ornamental pitchers, goblets and other items.
Some of the silver is shape into swords and daggers, then engraved. Sometimes a thin layer of gold is added.
Examples of Kubachi crafts, including rings, necklaces, brooches and other works, are admired when they are shown in exhibition all over the world.