Leather goods have been designed and manufactured in Mallorca for many centuries. The skill came from the Muslim culture over 1000 years ago. Inca is the home to world-famous shoe brand Camper, whose factories were established in 1877 and, indeed, Inca is regarded as the home of leather manufacturers on Mallorca. Products such as jackets, bags and wallets can all be bought from showrooms around the town while the Inca market, held every Thursday is an ideal opportunity to peruse the selection of leather items. If you prefer not to haggle, go directly to the factory showrooms found on the main road just outside the town centre.
Those who worked in the leather industry diversified into weaving, embroidery and other fabric related products. Hemp has been grown on Mallorca for generations and its versatility has been important through the ages, it can be soft, coarse, absorbent, insulating and strong. You'll find many fabric products such as tablecloths, towels, cushions and hats at the local markets, in addition to sandals and espadrilles.
Another traditional fabric is the Roba de Llengües (cloth of tongues). This is made from lengths of cotton (70%) and linen (30%) yarn, parts of which have been waterproofed so that, when the threads are dyed, only those pieces which have not been waterproofed soak up the colour creating distinctive faded edges. The threads are then woven in such a way that the resulting material is reversible. The fabric is used to make a variety of products, including curtains, shoes, upholstery and bedspreads.