Sunday, December 05, 2021

37th Canary Islands Regional Crafts Fair

The Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses hoss,t until December 8, the XXXVII Regional Craft Fair

The president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martín, and the Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla, inaugurated the thirty-seventh edition of the Regional Handicraft Fair on Saturday, an appointment with the traditions that gathers more than 137 artisans and artisans from all the islands.

The president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martín, recalls that "it is very important to come here today and discover that we are capable of recomposing ourselves, of recovering energy and of launching a new edition, the thirty-seventh of this Canary Islands Handicraft Fair."

The Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla emphasized that “we hope that thousands of people will attend, among whom are also our tourists who return to walk through our streets, looking for the best gift for their loved ones, a unique, different present, full of Canarian essence for this Christmas."

The Fair will remain open in the large hall of the Fairs and Congress Centre until December 8 and can be visited from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and includes 74 stands on the island of Tenerife and 63 from the rest of the islands. Of them, 58% belong to women.

In addition to the exhibition and sale of products, the Fair is completed with three large exhibitions, the first one is entitled 'From head to toe', and shows the headdresses, hoods and hats as well as the footwear models used in the eight islands since pre-Hispanic times to the present day. An exhibition organized by the Sectorial Council of Traditional Clothing of Tenerife.

The second exhibition is called 'Avant-garde Traditions' and is organized by the Government of the Canary Islands and the Island Councils and will be made up of creations that, using traditional techniques and materials, provide an added value of design and functionality from a rereading of Canarian traditional patterns.

And the third exhibition is made up of the trajectory of eight artisans dedicated a lifetime to the performance of a traditional craft in danger of extinction. Juan Ramírez Pérez is working on Gran Canaria, dedicated to reed and enea basketry; on El Hierro, Andrés Armas León, blacksmith by profession; on La Gomera, weaver and palm basket maker Carmen Rodríguez Vera; on La Palma,  carpenter Pascasio Rodríguez Pérez; for Lanzarote, Eulogio Concepción Perdomo, basket maker; Juana Mª Montelongo, palm basket maker for Fuerteventura and Carmen Concepción Pérez, who has dedicated her life to weaving and Marcelino Reyes, wicker basket basket maker and cane.

From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., workshops will be held for the visiting public who want to have a first experience with crafts, being able to make a completely finished object of their own. The workshops to be taught will be the following: Footwear Manufacturing, Natural Dyes, Jewelry, Leaded Glass, Paper and Cardboard Modeling. And in the morning and afternoon hours a musical performance will take place every day.