Why not surprise someone in your life with a souvenir from your Holidays to Majorca? Not just any typical souvenir or course. We are referring to the beautiful handmade and woven palmetto frond (Llata) products for which Majorca is well-known. These creative handicrafts include baskets, bags, rugs, and lamps among other products. Stay at Hotel Son Jaumell near the quaint Majorcan villages of Capdepera and Artà and experience this traditional craftsmanship that plays an important role in the creation of Majorcan products.
Capdepera has been able to preserve this traditional “Llata” craftsmanship for many years. Every Monday through Thursday afternoon, a group of local women known as Ses Madones de sa Llata, gather around and use their nibble and experienced hands to produce incredible palm leaf handicrafts such as baskets, rugs, lamps, hats, brooms, and fans. Capdepera and Artà experienced the peak of this artisan trade around the 20th century. Many years later with the rise of tourism in Majorca, the production of products from this trade became aimed at visitors.
It is the Mediterranean Fan Palm tree “garballó” which makes this Majorcan tradition possible. It is the only palm tree native to Europe and can be found in the northern and western parts of Majorca. 4-5 actual palms can be extracted from the two-metre tall trees which are then pounded thin and gathered into bunches. These bunches are then left out to dry in the sun for 18-23 days. After being bleached, softened, and dried with the help of sulphur, they become soft strands ready to be woven into versatile and practical items.
The popular woven basket bag known as “senalla” is undoubtedly the most popular item created with this raw material. This unique bag comes in many styles and colours and can be used as a beach bag during your holidays to Majorca. On your visit to the towns of Capdepera and Artà, you will discover workshops filled with useful, decorative objects made from fan palmetto fronds:
- Woven palm leaf fans that serve as bellows
- Useful tools for horses: blinders, saddlebags, or muzzles
- Log holders and carriers
- Baskets for carrying fruit
- Bowls, trays, or coasters
Palm leaf weaving can be a relaxing and social form of ar. Before leaving Majorca, you must visit one of the workshops in Artà and Cadepera and choose from an array of woven palm leaf objects that we´re sure you may have seen at your Hotel Son Jaumell. This is how the “llata” tradition will live on.
An important part of the decorative style of the hotel is due to the significant use of this special material in lamps, baskets or rugs throughout the hotel. This unique Majorcan tradition pay homage to the noble trade of palm leaf weaving. To increase your knowledge of this special trade, you can visit the Museo de la Llata (The Museum dedicated to this art), located in the Casa del Gobernador, one of the quaint little places within the Capdepera Castle. Spend your holidays in Majorca and experience its rich culture and tradition through this unique trade.