rabadan m. in the after hours behind his workbench in his living room, cutting a silver belt-buckle. kubachi, september 2016
high in the mountains of the russian republic of dagestan lies kubachi. a village of about three thousand souls, for whom silver for generations has proven to be an ‘inevitable fate’.
the prospect of the current generation of masters - as the silversmiths here are called - is far from bright. the price of raw material increases steadily, whereas demand for handmade silverware from kubachi wanes without interruption.
due to the economic difficult situation, a lot of young kubachin nowadays prefer a ‘steady’ job, over the uncertain future of silversmith. where many head for the city, there are a few who stay. if not only to prevent tradition from extinction...
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