TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

NAME: CRAFT INDUSTRY ROUTE

This route offers the visitor an evocative journey to various municipalities of Majorca to learn about traditional crafts and activities on the island that are important part of its cultural heritage. Through this route visitor can learn about trades, machinery and the history that has marked a before and after in the Majorcan economy.

The first proposal is to make a route related to the leather and footwear craft industry.  We must visit the town of Inca, where are located factories as important as Camper or Barrats. Then we should be visiting the village of Selva where we will be able to visit the factory of Kollflex. All they are premium brands that have succeeded in international markets. The shoemakers' guild is one of the oldest and most important in this island since the conquest of Majorca by King Jaume I in the twelfth century and there were a lot of villages in Majorca - Alaró, Inca, Llucmajor and Binissalem, among others - which developed this industry for many years.

The fur industry has also had its role in Majorca. It includes companies such as Munper or Asinca, also in the town of Inca.

To learn about the origin of the ‘’ses esperdenyes’’ (typical Majorcan esparto shoes), we have to move to the village of Campanet, a few miles away from Inca. There is Cas Campanater, a workshop in which we will be showed how they made this typical kind of shoes.

Another powerful industries of Majorca has been traditionally the development of the typical ‘’Roba de llengües’’, one of the most characteristic products of the textile crafts in Majorca. They are back and reverse fabrics, which have the same design and fabric on both sides. They are made with cotton and linen yarn at a rate of 70% and 30% respectively.

To understand what we mean, you can visit the Museum Marti Vincenç in Pollença, situated at Calvary, 10, where we will also see the whole process of the fabrics and we will be able to make our shopping, if we would wish. In the village of Santa Maria del Cami, it is located the Textile Crafts factory Bujosa on the street of Bernat de Santa Eugénia, 53. Company founded in 1949 and which until today continues making the typical ‘’Roba de llengües’’.

Near the village of Santa Maria it is located the municipality of Marratxí, well known for the craftsmanship of the mud. One of the most valued figures is the ‘’Siurell’’, a figurine handmade, painted white and marbled with ‘’picleadas’’ of colors, with a whistle in the rear.

Marratxí has ​​a Clay Museum, situated at the street Molí, 4. It is an excellent place to discover the history of mud artisans and enjoy mud pots and dishes, typical in Majorcan culture.

A must is a visit to a factory known a Glass Blowing factory (‘’Vidre Bufat’’ in Majorcan language). There are glass objects being manufactured with the technique of swelling, which is achieved by introducing a tube of iron in the molten glass (high temperature) and blowing the other end to shape. This technique originated in 200 BC and still persists in Majorca without changing one iota his old technique.

There are several factories, highlighting ‘’Vidres Gordiola’’ located in Palma to Manacor road (Algaida) ‘’Lafiore’’, on the road to Valldemossa or ‘’Menestralia’’,in Inca to Alcudia road (Campanet).

 

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