Mural in homage to the pearl workers of Manacor, in the Balearic Islands

Apr 3, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

\ councillor Garrido attended the inauguration ceremony Sunday

\ This initiative is part of the 8M celebrations and the 40th anniversary of the Statute of Autonomy.

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Mural in homage

The Regional Minister of the Presidency, Public Function and Equality, Mercedes Garrido, inaugurated a mural in Manacor this Sunday in homage to the women pearl workers of Manacor. This is an initiative framed in the events of the 8M and the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Statute of Autonomy.

The work, Dones perleres, by the artist Carolina Adán, recreates the scene of a woman working with pearls in black and white. This 8M has also opted for art and culture as an expression of vindication, and that is why from now on it will be possible to enjoy this artistic intervention that has been placed in the IES Mossèn Alcover in Manacor.

Councillor Garrido has claimed that “the pearl industry owes a lot to the women of this municipality, and this mural is a tribute to recognise their work and to keep it in everyone’s memory. Thank you for your work, which has given Manacor its name”.

The author of the work explained that the work represents “the 5,000 women who worked in the factory and also the anonymous women who spun pearls at home”.

The event was also attended by a representation of women pearl workers; the director of IBDONA, Maria Duran; the councillor for Equality of the Manacor Town Council, Carme Gomila; the councillor for Sports, Artur Aguiló; the councillor for Commerce, Tourism and Finance, Maria Antònia Truyols; and the president of Mujeres de Levante, Antònia Matamalas.

Specifically, for this 8M, five professions have been chosen to represent the working women of these islands. In Mallorca, the women shoemakers, in Inca, and the pearl workers, in Manacor; in Ibiza, the chambermaids; in Formentera, the peasant women; and in Menorca, the women avarcas seamstresses, in Maó.