The craftsmanship of La Gomera show a rural, simple society, with deep-rooted traditions.
In our shop you can discover and buy traditional gomera crafts, modern crafts, fabrics, jewellery and cosmetics of the island. Products made and designed in the Canary Islands with raw materials such as bananas and banana leaves, palm trees, local ceramics, aloe vera, organic honey and many more. A wide assortment that you can buy to discover the aromas, flavours and shapes of the Canary Islands. Ideal as a gift for your loved ones or as a token of your holiday on our island.
Handicrafts made from banana plant fiber is not an ancient gomeran tradition. It began quite recently (as ancient goes), 40 years ago. It was a new technique that a local teacher (Maruca Gámez, our founder) introduced copying similar techniques present in Andalucía at the time but with ropes instead of bananas.
Making baskets and figures with banana was a way of putting to good use the refuse of banana plantations, who would toss away old plants. Her students, unemployed local women of Vallehermoso village, soon mastered the techniques and produced new designs to sell to tourists.
Gomera ceramics, an ancient technique that has survived since the times of the aborigines. Discover it in our museum and buy the traditional ceramics in our shop
The island's rough, unadorned ceramics are worked on the ground, without a potter's wheel, entirely by hand. The blend, the modelling process, the shapes and finishes... they have remained unchanged from their origins.
The island's traditional ceramics are produced for kitchen-related functions. It has a unique character not only because of its workmanship, but also because of its austerity in the design and materials used.
A peniless and isolated pueblo, invention and hability made weaving one of its main industries.
When imported fabrics were a luxury for most islanders, Europe already had gas electricity in its homes and all the comforts it provided. It was not until the 20th century that these modern objects began to be seen in La Gomera. Meanwhile, the women were in charge of producing the fabrics that the family would use, with the products and dyes available on the island (linen, cotton or wool and cochineal). It was also subsequently applied to the creation of rags, which, as the name suggests, recycled 'old rags'. Fabrics were shredded into strips and then used in a chaotic pattern of colours to make thick-finished fabrics suitable for pouches, blankets and carpets.
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