Published 27 April 2012
The ancient settlement of Lahic, in Azerbaijan's north-central Ismailli region, has a unique tradition of metalworking dating back centuries. But locals say Lahic's coppersmiths are turning their backs on generations of tradition to travel to the capital, where they can earn more money. Coppersmithing will soon be just a memory in Lahic, they warn. Photographer Abbas Atilay visited Lahic for RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service.