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LEATHER AND SHOES
During the past few decades, leather manufacturing on the Balearics has become internationally well-known. The export of these goods has contributed to promote the high quality and the innovative design of its products. Currently, these products are available at numerous shops located on the different Balearic islands. Further, you also have the chance to visit the headquarters of the manufacturing companies. This will give you the chance to know the handicraft tradition within the Balearic Islands from first hand. Usually, these headquarters offer a point of sale too.

GLASSBLOWING
Glassblowing is the handicraft process that is used to manufacture glass products in Mallorca. The glassblowing process dates back to the 2nd centruy BC. Apart from glass products, the glass factories offer all sort of handicraft-manufactured products. Additionally, you will be able to watch the masters work, a real performance that creates practical and beautiful objects.

EMBROIDERY
Mallorca's typical embroidery are the Majorcan point, the chain stitch, the connected stitch and the cross stitch. The island's characteristic embroidery differs significantly from the embroidery found in the remaining Spanish territory. Palma offers a couple of specialised, historic shops:
Casa Bonet: Pl. Frederic Chopin, 2 - Palma
Flor de Fil: Pl. Reina, 2 - Palma
Mercería Marcats i Brodats Amelia. c/ Francesc Pi i Margall, 28

"LENGUA" FABRICS
Majorcan fabrics are popularly known as "Roba de Llengües" (tongue cloth), due to their longish print design. These fabrics have decorated Majorcan houses for years. The handicraft and manual manufacture of these fabrics implies the preparation of the warp with white cotton, in the same way as it was made in ancient times. Afterwards, the fabric is dyed little by little, according to the chosen design. Due to this, the "roba de llengües" fabrics do not have a front or a back side, since both sides have the same print design.
Can Vicenç - c/ del Calvari, 10 - Pollença
Tejidos Riera - c/ Major, 50 - Lloseta
Artesania Textil Bujosa - c/ Bernat de Santa Eugènia, 53 - Santa Maria.

CLAY AND CERAMICS
The most characteristic element of this handicraft in Mallorca is, without any doubt, the Siurell. The Siurell is a small hand-made figurine painted in white and decorated with green and red brush strokes, with a small whistle at the base.
Saucepans, pots, plates and jugs are the most typical articles manufactured in the so-called "olleries", i.e. workshops where the clay is moulded. These workshops are mainly located in the Marratxi municipality: Pòrtol and Sa Cabaneta.

OLIVE TREE WOOD
Mallorca has a rich tradition in the cultivation of olive trees and in the consumption of olive oil. The wood of the olive tree is highly appreciated and is used to produce numerous kitchen utensils as well as several goods for home decoration. 
 
PEARLS
Majorcan pearls are made from natural sea elements. The exact method of production has been kept secret durning all these years. Manacor has become the main manufacturing centre of Majorcan pearls.
Majórica: Av. Jaume II, 36 and Av. Jaume III, 15
Orquídea: c/ Fideu, 1


WICKER
Wicker goods are handicraft manufactured goods from dried "garballó" palm leaves. This raw material is used to manufacture a number of goods like hats, bags, etc.

PASSEIG PER L´ARTESANIAPalma's historic centre offers the "Passeig per l'artesania" (Handicraft Centre) and the School for Handicrafts, a whole new cultural centre performing the art of glassblowing, the manufacturing of wood products, ceramics, paper, pearls, fabrics, etc. The results are exclusive, high-quality products. 
The cultural centre offers guided tours to the public, that offer you the chance to visit historic areas as well as the Gerreria district. These tours are open to everybody and visitors as well as citizens interested in finding out more about this city area are always welcome.
Pl. Artesania - Pl. Llorenç Bisbal

Date of last modification:24 of August 2017

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