Pla Illetes, Natural
Designed by Irene Peukes in the “Pla de Mallorca”, a place where nature and the longstanding traditions of the island meld with the latest influences of its multicultural visitors from around the world. These influences are reflected in the design. They are contemporary, cosmopolitan and always mindful of the craftsmen’s skills and the advantages of natural materials.
Part of the manufacturing process is done by hand with jute fibres by Bangladeshi craftswomen. Jute is a resistant, sustainable material which is of vital economic importance to many small, local farmers. Through Caritas Bangladesh, Pla is working with them and the craftswomen in keeping with the code of fair practices.
Irene travels regularly to Bangladesh where she works together as a team with the craftswomen fine-tuning each detail as well as the quality of the finished product, in which comfort takes the same importance as perfection.
With their incredible skill and care, the craftswomen form each shoe from a single jute braid. They hand-sew each turn of the previous braid joining a cotton lining to the inside of the shoe for a more comfortable fit.
Once the work of the craftswomen is complete, the shoes are taken to Majorca where they are finished.
Here their peculiar sole, called suau, is put together. This consists of a thick layer of fabric and natural crepe to cushion the foot as much as possible. Local shoemakers join these two materials together thus finishing to this entirely handcrafted design.