EspadrillesThe exhibition explores all aspects of this shoe with a sole plaited in hemp, esparto or jute. It can also come with fabric toe and heel. And also with cords for tying around the ankle. The shoe consists of two main parts: the esparto sole and the fabric upper.
Raw MaterialsWe can physically touch the hemp, the most commonly used material, highly appreciated because of its ductility. Esparto, unlike hemp, was harvested locally in Banyeres de Mariola. Jute came from India.
ToolsThe museum contains an excellent array of the tools used in making espadrilles. These include the most commonly used utensils, such as mallet, point turner, knives, gloves, templates, scissors, lasts, awls, hammers, etc.
The soleThe sole is the part of the shoe on which the bottom of the foot rests. The museum explains how the sole of an espadrille is made.
The upperThe upper textile part of the espadrille is sewn to the sole. The canvas is cut, paired, a border was stitched, and reinforced in the toe and the heel, then the sole was attached to the wooden last and the fabric was sewn.
The ProcessThe large illustration panels show all the various steps in the process of making espadrilles, from growing the raw material all the way to its final distribution, including a detailed description of the manufacturing process.
Museu de l'Espardenya is located in the Villa Rosario municipal park in Banyeres de Mariola, in a unique cluster along with other museums: Museu Torre Font Bona, Museu de l'Espardenya, Museu Valencià del Paper, Museu de la Paraula and Museu de la Farmàcia.
The museum has reserved parking spaces for persons with reduced mobility at the entrance to Villa Rosario park.
Access for persons with reduced mobility is adequately signposted. Access to the first floor is by elevator.
An adapted audio-description system is available for the visually impaired in Valencian, Spanish, English and French.
Visits to the museum and some of its installations can be augmented through other senses: sight, touch and smell.
A documentary video includes testimonies from old espadrille makers and shows the process of making these handcrafted shoes.
The recreation of an old workshop shows us the typical place where espadrilles were made.