Jan 25, 2024
Traditional Mallorcan Weaving: Telas Lenguas
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Traditional Mallorcan Weaving: Telas Lenguas
Jan 25, 2024
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Traditional Mallorcan Weaving: Telas Lenguas
Jan 25, 2024
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Traditional Mallorcan Weaving: Telas Lenguas
Jan 25, 2024
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Traditional Mallorcan Weaving: Telas Lenguas
Jan 25, 2024
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Traditional Mallorcan Weaving: Telas Lenguas
Jan 25, 2024
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View Mallorca Team
Weaving at Bujosa
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elas Lenguas or ‘cloth of tongues’, is a distinctive Mallorcan weaving tradition that embodies a blend of cultural history and artisanal skill. The weaving technique, notable for its geometric patterns (that some say recall flames) and often colourful palette, involves a meticulous process where threads are interlaced on age-old looms to create traditional fabrics that tell tales of the island's heritage. The resulting textile, characterised by its durability and unique design, has found favour in modern interior design. The essence of this long tradition is ardently preserved and carried forward by three notable weaving establishments on the island: Teixits Vicens, Teixits Riera, and Teixits Bujosa. Through their enduring commitment to authenticity and craftsmanship, these ateliers not only keep the ancient technique of Telas Lenguas weaving alive but also introduce it to current textile lovers, bridging the gap between the traditional and the contemporary.

Teixits Vicens:

Teixits Vicens is a family-run artisan textile factory that has been a cornerstone of Mallorcan fabric craftsmanship since its inception in 1854, in Pollensa​​. Known for producing the iconic “Roba de Llengües” or “Cloth of Tongues” fabric, a name inspired by the fabric's distinctive tongue-like geometric patterns, Teixits Vicens is a bastion of traditional Mallorcan weaving techniques.

The journey of Teixits Vicens began in a modest workshop under the hands of the great-great-grandfather Martí Vicenç Alemany, of the current owner, Cati Vicenç. Despite the premature loss of Cati’s grandfather during the Spanish Civil War, the tradition was resurrected and propelled forward by Martí Vicenç, Cati’s father, who, drawing from his late father’s notes, breathed new life into the ‘roba de llengües’ tradition, establishing a flourishing business out of it​​. Today, the beautiful studio, located along the famous stairwell in Pollensa, is open to the public for tours as well as having a boutique for anyone to shop. 

Today, Teixits Vicens stands as one of the three manufacturers in Europe that continue to produce fabric with the traditional ‘llengües’ pattern, offering a rare glimpse into the age-old Mallorcan weaving practices​​. Their product range is expansive and can be found in various forms, encompassing tablecloths, cushions, bedspreads, esparto shoes, and even clothing accessories​​. They have recently collaborated with other local designers, including Antic Mallorca, to create a new line of products that preserves the traditions.

With every piece of fabric, Teixits Vicens not only offers a product but invites one into a historic journey, celebrating Mallorca's textile tradition while adapting to contemporary design sensibilities. Through their enduring dedication to authenticity, Teixits Vicens continues to be a living testament to Mallorca’s weaving legacy, making it a revered name in the realm of traditional Mallorcan weaving. Teixits Vicens also offers guided visits to their workshop.

Detail of Teixits Vicens Telas Lenguas
Courtesy of Teixits Reira

Teixits Riera:

Established in 1896 by Gabriel Riera, Teixits Riera has been a flagbearer of the Mallorcan weaving tradition for over a century, rooted in the quaint village of Biniamar before moving to Lloseta around 1940​​. This family-run textile artisan workshop, now managed by Gabriel Riera and Catalina Crespí, has kept traditions alive, providing a tangible narrative of the island's extensive textile heritage​​.

Specialising in the creation of the emblematic Instagram hashtag: IkatFromMallorca, Teixits Riera has preserved the artisanal procedures of savoir-faire from previous generations and all of their textiles are a testament to their commitment to sustainability and quality​​.

Weaving at Teixits Riera is a blend of time, patience, and meticulous craftsmanship, spanning six critical phases. It begins with the preparation of raw materials, followed by dyeing of fibres, drying, a second warping to arrange dyed yarns, weaving on the loom, and rigorous quality control to ensure every metre of fabric aligns with their high-quality standards before being marketed​​. The result is a unique, unrepeatable piece of fabric with unexpected details, embodying simplicity, joy, and nature in each weave​.

Teixits Riera has a shop adjacent to its atelier where visitors can witness the sophisticated process of Ikat fabric creation, appreciating the intricate blend of traditional techniques and modern design in finished products such as kitchen textiles, table linens, and fashion accessories, cushions, as well as by the metre fabric​ for upholstery. Teixits Riera continues to intertwine the rustic charm and modern aesthetics, playing a crucial role in keeping the Mallorcan weaving tradition alive in Spain.

The essence of Mallorca’s long tradition with weaving is preserved and carried forward by three notable weaving establishments on the island: Teixits Vicens, Teixits Riera, and Teixits Bujosa.
Traditional weaving loom at Bujosa
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