Balearic Islands: all shopping!
You know: when you travel you can not miss shopping, and during a holiday in the Balearics in any season you can buy craft items that have the added value of being part of the culture of the islands and whose variety is so wide make the choice difficult.
The rich and long history of the Balearic Islands, has seen many peoples who have left their mark on the islands, ensuring the archipelago a varied tradition of craftsmanship.
From the famous and international adlib fashion of Ibiza to the “avarcas” minorchine, passing through the ceramic industry to the textile industry, here are five items for all tastes to take with you on your return from a trip to the Spanish archipelago.
During a stop in Menorca, famous in the world for its skilled artisans, it is possible to come across the avarcas – or albarcas -, typical sandals used by the inhabitants of the island and bought by every tourist, so that they became a real trend over time summer.
These are rustic shoes whose origin is found in the rural world of the island. Created to help farmers who need a durable yet flexible shoe, which adapts to the stony terrain of Menorca, the avarcas embody all these characteristics thanks to the rubber sole and the leather laces with which the sandals are fixed to the ankle and instep.
The most curious can see samples of products handcrafted over the centuries at the Center Artesanal de Menorca in Es Mercadal, which houses a permanent exhibition and temporary exhibitions, as well as a shop where you can find the perfect souvenir or gift.
The manual processing of clay and ceramics is one of the oldest forms of craftsmanship in the Balearics, and is closely linked to the culture and tradition of the islands whose history is an integral part.
The majolica, takes its name from the island of Mallorca, one of the most active centers in the sale of these items since the Middle Ages. The ceramic figure par excellence in Mallorca is the siurell, a little man made of whitewashed clay with lime and then decorated with various colored geometric patterns, which can not be missing in the homes of those who have visited the island at least once.
We can not talk about craftsmanship and traditions without mentioning local products, many of which bear the Protected Geographical Indication. Among these: the ensaimada of Mallorca; the sobrasada; the Mahón-Menorca cheese which, according to some investigations, is already produced in prehistoric times; the Gin of Mahón, which is obtained by following the traditional English method and the Hierbas Ibicencas.
These 26th alcoholic beverages typical of Ibiza are obtained by extracting the aromas of different Mediterranean plants such as rosemary, thyme, mint, juniper, sage, fennel, lavender, chamomile, limoncino and leaves. lemon and orange peels. These are liqueurs that continue to be made following the most traditional and ancient techniques.
Even the textile industry has a rich tradition in the Balearic Islands. The teles Ikat or Roba de llengües (literally tele of languages) are an integral part of the archipelago culture. These fabrics are considered of oriental origin, but are a totally indigenous product, especially on the island of Mallorca.
These are hand-dyed fabrics, decorated with discontinuous designs in very bright colors, with which towels, curtains and other household linen are made. The processing process is long and complex and totally artisanal, according to completely traditional techniques. At the Teixits Vicens shop in Pollença, it is possible to visit the workshop where these paintings are made, viewing the work of the artisans in full operation, and then taking advantage of the shop to purchase the finished products.
In the Balearics, fashion itself is craftsmanship. In Ibiza in the early ’70s, the Yugoslav princess Smilja Mihailovitch, gave life to fashion adlib according to the motto “wear what you want, provided with style”. The goal was to increase awareness of the body in women and free them from the imposition of castigated clothes, guaranteeing them greater comfort and freedom in dressing, without losing elegance.
The adlib fashion has become the emblem of Ibiza and Formentera: the freedom that characterizes the Pitiuse islands is the same that feels the woman wearing these clothes, white as the local structures, which are inspired by the typical clothing of the smallest of the Balearics.