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Grass Slippers

In Mallorca, a traditional craft of making sandals and shoes fashioned of grass, cane, raffia, palm leaves, sisal, bark, agave fibre, or any other odd plant material, strung, knotted, braided or woven into cord, string or bands, existed for centuries but, unfortunately is now on the wane. Only every so often, if you are lucky, one can find an older person still engaged in this art of braiding.

And whilst one may not fancy wearing one of the shoes even though one can not deny their visual beauty, these craftsmen also braid and make other objects from the same materials: belts, slings for stone throwing, hats, baskets, molds for cheese making, and other utensils galore.

The man creating all the goodies shown in my photo resides in Campanet. He will take commissions for any item that can possibly be fabricated in this age old method.

The photo was taken in Campos del Port, Mallorca, Spain. The date: October 16th, 2008. The time was 12:29:28.

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