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Guillem Santandreu was a leather craftsman who decided to set up a workshop in 1887, called Can Bavalei. They began by making shoes and later specialised in chairs, with a specific technique, and belts. The founder’s son took over the workshop and continued the trade. As the years went by, the demand for these products dropped for reasons such as new production materials, large woodworking industries, etc.
In 2003, Guillem, the third generation of the family and with the same name as his father and grandfather, transferred the business to Ana García, who continues with the handmade leather trade and, in addition to sewing, has expanded the range of products offered. In 2006, she moved the workshop to Paseo de Antoni Maura and added space for the shop, in a unique typical Majorcan house in Na Camel·la, in the old quarter of Manacor.
It is important to mention that they make all kinds of leather products, such as belts, made-to-measure orders, zambombas, basket handles and devil’s dresses for festivals all over Mallorca, made with products from the island (leather, clay, esparto, wood, etc.). They are the only producers of friar’s armchairs on the island; for example, they made the armchairs for Palma Town Hall and for the plenary room of Inca Town Hall. Calabruix also has a wide range of authentic Majorcan handicrafts.