The 24thRegional Craft Fair was held in Santa Catalina Park in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria that displayed the traditional crafts of the Canary Islands. The organisers explained that although original crafts mainly used raw materials that were easily available, such as clay and wool, current exhibitors now include more modern materials and designs, but continue the heritage of traditional crafts that have continued for many years.
This year’s craft fair brought together 140 craft exhibitors from all the Canary Islands, including La Graciosa.
This craft fair was promoted by the Government of the Canary Islands, and the venue alternates between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife from year to year. Antonio Morales, President of the Government of Gran Canaria said “This is an important opportunity to gather together all the best of the crafts of the eight islands in Gran Canaria, so that we have knowledge of local crafts, and can value what these exhibitors are trying to achieve. We are talking about traditions, but we’re also talking about creation, design and innovation from new proposals that younger artisans have incorporated.”
These exhibitors included cigar makers, weavers and potters, alongside toy makers, fashion designers and other diverse professionals. Some displayed exact replicas of utensils from the past history of the archipelago, such as garments or artefacts, as well as some from the industrial age.
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