Inspired by Mediterranean baskets Uro explores traditional Majorcan (Spain) 'Llata' basket weaving techniques within the new context of lighting.
Currently the Uro family consists of two lamps: Pendant (hanging) and Spotlight (portable).
Both lamps are entirely handmade out of braided palm leaves and incorporate the use of LEDs. Once the palm is collected, it is processed, cut, braided and sewed into a basket.
This project attempts to revive and explore this Majorcan craft within a new context and is made in collaboration with local artisans on the island.
The traditional Majorcan baskets are made out of the native Mediterranean palm (Chamaerops humilis or ‘Garballo’ in Majorcan) which is collected once a year during the summer months.
Once the palm is collected it is sun dried, after two weeks of treatment the palm changes from green to a caramel colour. Then it is treated with sulphur to protect it from moist and humidity. Next each individual palm is stripped, evenly cut and braided.
Once braided the 'Llata' is stitched over itself into various shapes such as baskets or Komade's lamps.
Traditionally only used for transport baskets, Komade felt the material and technique could be perfect for lighting and hence explore further uses.
Please see the video above for a better understanding of the process.
Up until the 60’s basketry was the main economic activity of the North East region of Majorca, after which tourism took over.
The industry was a family affair that spanned generations and involved everybody at different stages. Men were in charge of collecting and treating the palm, whilst women and children braided and created the baskets. This was a collective effort done during the afternoons as a group.
With the advent of tourism palm work has progressively been abandoned. However, there is currently a small resurgence led by Ses Madones de sa Llata interested in recovering this skill set. Their aim being to keep their heritage alive, during a time of widespread globalization and loss of community identity.
Komade collaborates with Ses Madones de sa Llata to explore new ways to update and recover this tradition.