Balearic Islands with artisan pedigree

Balearic Islands with artisan pedigree

Avarca de Menorca, la sandalia 100% menorquina

Las abarcas son un referente indiscutible de la artesanía de Menorca. A pesar de su origen humilde (un sencillo calzado que usaban los campesinos menorquines), se han popularizado tanto que hoy su fama atraviesa las fronteras de la isla y son todo un icono del verano. Las abarcas son una sencilla sandalia menorquina. Originariamente eran de suela de rueda, con pala ancha de piel de cerdo o de buey y una tira sujetando el tobillo, cosidas con hilo grueso. Creadas por pastores y jornaleros de la isla, con el objetivo de tener un zapato cómodo y duradero para aguantar las largas jornadas en el campo. No obstante, encontramos precedentes de la abarca en el 200 a.C., pues hay indicios de que los cartagineses llegados a Menorca llevaban un calzado de piel similar.Baleares, unas Islas con pedigrí artesano Baleares, unas Islas con pedigrí artesano

The appearance of the rubber tire at the beginning of the 20th century changed the configuration of this shoe.The disuse car wheels began to be very precious to reuse them as soles, replacing the skin that until now it had been used for the encompass.All manufacturing was artisanal, including sewing, which required a lot of effort.Later, sewing machines would save this arduous task.

As of the 60s, the Abarca was popularized as summer footwear throughout the island.And in the 80s the factories would begin to emerge, innovating with new materials and finishes, and some performing it covers it in a slightly industrial way.Today we find a great variety: cow skin, fabric, esparto, braided of raffia, with drawings, die, etc.Tourism contributed to this shoe spreading, backed by its qualities, since it is resistant, comfortable, fresh, easily combinable and universal (they fit equally men and women, children and adults).

Menorca has factories in locations such as Ferreries, Ciutadella or is Migjorn Gran.You can find a great diversity of models in any shoe store on the island.

Espardenyes eivissenques, la encantadora sencillez de un calzado artesanal

An essential element of the Eivissenc suit is its waiting and.They constitute, together with the Sabatilles the traditional footwear of the island, and its preparation is totally handmade.The Espaddenyes are a simple sandal that has dressed the feet of the Eivissencs since time immemorial, and now continue to wear Ball Pagès dancers (traditional dance).They are made of a braided esparto and pita cover, usually bleached with lime.Women carry Escoldenyes with the covered toe.When the cover is called Sabatilles.

Various phases are required for its artisanal manufacturing: PITA washing, drying avoiding direct, bleached, braided sun ... Some artisan teachers Espedenyers say that, for one pair, nothing less than six days of work are needed.

Baleares, unas Islas con pedigrí artesano

The use of the Espordenyes is being subject to a revaluation.Local associations work to publicize this product, which has gone from selling in classical shoe stores and Eivissencs craft stalls to open a hole such as summer sandal even outside the island.Business attempts have also emerged to market sandals inspired by traditional Espedenya, and that have attracted prestigious international boutiques.A footwear that, due to its simplicity, begins to conquer other countries, which are already putting at their feet this unique sample of Eivissenca crafts.

Market Hippy Sant Francesc, lo mejor de Formentera reunido en un mercadillo

If you like to enjoy the best design, artisanal jewelry, clothing, accessories and other handmade items, the market of Sant Francesc Xavier gathers every day the best artisans on the island of Formentera, which exhibit their precious works and details that haveState working throughout winter.

In the middle of the beautiful town of Sant Francesc Xavier, the most important urban core in Formentera, we found this market, the most important of the island, open every day of the week, always in the morning from May to October.

In addition to the town square, where the Decort is located, it is where the most important holidays and events are celebrated, which usually congregate residents and tourists equally in a festive atmosphere, quiet and above all cozy.

Inca, ciudad de la piel

Inca has been an important manufacturing and sale of leather items, such as bags, jackets, shoes, wallets and other accessories for decades.Its prosperous local industry was born in the nineteenth century by the hand of small artisan workshops that eventually became factories where much of the population of the region worked.Today the city maintains much of that tradition, whose history is discovered in the Footwear and Skin Museum.

Inca is the cradle of international fame fights such as Yanko or Camper, as well as signatures that decades that create a tendency in fashion, such as Lottusse, Farrutx, Kollflex, Barrats or Munper, among others.Many have outlet stores in the same town, where you will find all kinds of footwear for women, man and child, as well as bags, wallets, jackets, vests, belts, gloves, hats, travel bags, briefcases, purses, wallets and itemsof jewelery.

Inca's recent history was forged with the fighting industry, and the city is dotted with monuments dedicated to local shoemakers whose activity was an insular economic engine.The Footwear and Skin Museum allows to know its history, with a permanent exhibition of machinery and objects related to the fighting industry.It is located in an old military barracks inaugurated in 1915, formed by a main body with a courtyard and several pavilions.

Dijous Bo, un enorme mercado al aire libre

We continue with Inca, a population that as we said is one of the lungs of the Mallorcan artisan industry.There the third Thursday of November is celebrated the popular and massive saidus bo, a market with hundreds of full stops with products from the island. Since the previous night, the streets of the city are filled with people who, despite the cold, enjoyof the good atmosphere of one of the most important fairs in Mallorca.

For some historians, the saidus Bo has origin in a medieval market to which Payeses came from all over the island to buy and sell animals and goods.Hence we can find hundreds of stops of artisans and merchants from all guilds: agricultural machinery, leather and leathering work, olives and pickles, jamcabinetmaking, jewelry, etc.

And if you can, do not miss on Wednesday night prior to the saidus bo, which is already known as Divecres BO, an animated evening in which you will enjoy stops of all types of street food, in addition to an area enabled with fair attractions forThe little ones.

Fira de Sineu, un evento de espíritu rural y artesano

It was established by the privilege of the Catalan King Sanç in 1318, and constitutes an excellent place to acquire foods and artisanal products as well as delight with the best traditional cuisine.SINEU celebrates its agricultural, livestock and artisanal fair every first Sunday, which attracts numerous visitors.

In the streets of the Historic Center of Sineu hundreds of stalls exhibit their pieces of traditional handicrafts, such as basketry and knob, as well as clothing, jewelry and unique designs accessories.An excellent place to make your purchases and take an authentic memory of the island.In addition, the visit to the fair constitutes an excellent occasion to discover Sineu, which was the place of residence of the kings of Mallorca out of Palma from the Christian conquest, in the thirteenth century.In the surroundings of the square you will find numerous bars, frequented by the Payeses, where to taste a dish of frit, elaboration based on potatoes, vegetables and pigs of pork or lamb, all very chopped, fried and well spiced, accompanied by a glass ofWine from Earth.

Fira de Ses Herbes de Selva, el mundo de las plantas aromáticas

In June, the Plaza de la Selva's town hosts this fair in which the visitor can know firsthand the wide variety of aromatic herbs of the area, its tradition and its multiple applications in medicinal, cosmetic and liquor products, as well as inLocal cuisine.You can also see how fresh myrtle is distilled in a huge copper wiring.Without a doubt, one of the most suggestive artisan fairs of the Mallorcan calendar.

For centuries, the inhabitants of the mountain peoples as a jungle have entered the forest to collect medicinal plants to make tisanas with which to relieve aromatic ailments or herbs to season their stews.The second Sunday of June, you will have the opportunity to see how the town remembers this activity with a fair that occupies the Plaza de la Església and its adjoining streets.That day, all houses look, in balconies and windows, fabric flags painted with drawings of medicinal plants characteristics of the area, such as myrtle or murta.

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