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La Palma people: Antje Dieckmann and the Dragon trees

14. August 2015 La Palma 24 2 Comments / comment now!

 

Drago-Perlen-Antje-Picture TitleLa Palma people: Antje Dieckmann and the Dragon trees

A woman walks with their

Drago seeds paved way

 

Antje in their early 2015 opened shop in Garafía: Up here, you had to edit thousands of Dragosamen and thread. Photo: La Palma 24

Antje in their early 2015 opened shop in Garafía: Up here, you had to edit thousands of Dragosamen and thread. Photo: La Palma 24

A Vierteljahrundert lives Antje Dieckmann on the Canary Island of La Palma. Over the years, she discovered her love for the seed of the dragon tree, from which she created until now imaginative jewelry. She sold the now in their early 2015 opened shop in the main town of Garafía Santo Domingo. The artisan has told us of their life path paved with Dragos.

Antje ended up with three small children and a mobile home 1992 on La Palma at. Then she started, to renovate a small Finca in Garafía, where she still lives today. But all beginnings are difficult, Antje knows from experience:

Dragon tree with Rainbow: Antje is also with the camera on the road.

Dragon tree with Rainbow: Antje is also with the camera on the road.

At that time my children were eight, seven and two years old, and in addition to this task I have for first six months made habitable the Finca and created a garden. Initially, I earned my money, I've sold herbs and strawberries, for example by. Then I grabbed my camera and took pictures of La Palma, because I had photographed has always been fond. A friend of mine developed by hand, and I began to show exhibitions around the island.

Dragosamen before and after the processing as jewellery: Antje has to passed the craftsman examination of the Island Government and purchased the Carné Artesano. Photos: La Palma 24/Antje

Dragosamen before and after the processing as jewellery: Antje has to do this once the craftsman exam of the Island Government and purchased the Carné Artesano. Photos: La Palma 24/Antje Dieckmann

In 2002 the single mother had a new idea, to supplement the family Fund. Gave rise to, that she lived in the middle of Dragon trees and 2002 the farmers- and opened in the arts and crafts market in Puntagorda, reported Antje:

I'm surrounded by Dragos, They thrive on my Ranch and in the nearby also Barranco. So I gathered the seeds and taught myself, How to process them into jewelry. Order to be able to sell on the mercadillo in Puntagorda, had to let the Carné de Artesanos. This examination of the Island Government was provision for all exhibitors, and I made then "Productora elementos objectos vegétales tratados" them in the category. This included also the processing of banana leaves, Dried flowers and other natural materials.

Chains of dragon tree seeds: About 40 Drago cores Antje must process per necklace. Photo: La Palma 24

Chains from dragon tree seeds are not easy to produce: About 40 Drago cores Antje must per necklace collect and then crafted by the pulp free, dry, Polish and drill holes to thread the needle to. Photo: La Palma 24

This Carné de Artesano is an important statement for the creative on La Palma. Because he is not only a prerequisite for operating a booth at the weekly markets, but also to participate in the large arts and crafts fair, the Feria de Artesanía, takes place every summer at various locations on the island. Say: Who here occurs, What can. Antje know most definitely, how she must treat the fruits of their dracaena MD:

First, I pick it up and dry it on a tarp in the garden. You must remove the pulp, to expose the pea-sized seeds embedded - This is a sticky matter. Then you can dry the seeds - the longer, they are darker. It is important for their use as jewelry beads, that they not shrink when drying and stay around for years. That's why I put the Dragosamen in soapy water and my homemade St. John's wort oil and shine them, to see the cover of the bright- -dark brown, smooth core comes to the fore. At the end, I drill a hole in each one, so that you can thread them. About 40 Piece I need for a chain ...

Dragos auf La Palma:

Dragos auf La Palma: the unusual plants form flowers rarely and therefore also their fruits are so rare - Antje knows Dragon trees, the since at least 15 Years don't even have flourished. Photo: Antje Dieckmann

This procedure works only, If basically play the Dragon trees. They do not always, because the Drago is an unconventional Green. Antje made even painful experiences:

Sometimes there is much Committee, It can be, that all seeds have a worm in it. The luxury, Flowers to train, afford the Dragon trees rarely and only after rainy winters; There are no fixed rhythm. I know Dragos, the since at least 15 Years don't even have flourished.

The rarity of the fruits, also the Island Government knows. For this reason, the Drago is one of the protected species, and Antje each year must apply for a permit at the Cabildo, so that she can process the little guys:

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Antjes shop Artesanía Drago: Jewelry made of dragon tree beads and more ... Photo: La Palma 24

A botanist of the Medio Ambiente must decide every year new. As far as I know, am I the only one, that has so far claimed this approval and received. Because I deal carefully with the Dragos.

The bureaucracy, Antje still presented another problem: A few years ago, Drago fruit processing was removed from the participants list for the Artensano Carné. Antje got an extension for "Animal running and shrieking" while again, but she ran late April 2015 from. Conclusion: Without the arts and crafts-card with the permission for sale in the markets was. Antje then moved the consequences in the form of a brave step forward:

Many ingredients from nature: Antje combines them with the seed of Drago. Photos: La Palma 24

Many ingredients from nature: Antje combines them with the seed of Drago. Photos: La Palma 24

I found a shop in Santo Domingo in Garafía and renovated it for four months even. They discovered him right next to the Cafétería-bar on the Plaza.

Here, the creative woman sells arts and crafts from other groups and many unusual souvenirs. And in contrast to the markets, where her jewellery at least 80 Per cent must consist of Dragos, Antje has no requirements for the first time and can let their imagination run free:

I combine the Dragos with plant seeds and natural materials in La Palma, or Africa, or sometimes with semi-precious stones, Clay beads, Shells and much more. I was again in Africa and bring ingredients from there. There, the women sit on the floor and tinker, join me and I learn. Anyway, I like working with nature, and go - where am I - in every Botanical Garden.

Dragos: Go well with other nuclei combine. Photo: La Palma 24

Dragos: have been harmoniously combined with other natural materials. Photo: La Palma 24

But your heart beats for the dragon tree. Antje says, why:

The Drago stands for divine serenity and patience. He does not bend in the wind, and both the small and the big dragon trees do. We do not know, When he wears for the first time, Sometimes there is a flower on one side only, sometimes everything is full. Sometimes a bloom, and the other is not. The Drago does what he wants ...

Opening hours from Antjes Artesanía Drago store in Garafía: Tuesday to Saturday from 12 to 16 Clock and Sundays by appointment by phone 922.40.04.07. Monday is a day off.

Website by Antje Dieckmann -. Click here.

Who wants to find out more about the wayward Dragon trees on La Palma and the Canary Islands, read this article in the La Palma 24-journal - click here.

Is easy to find by Antje: right next to the Café on the Plaza in Santo Domingo. Photo: La Palma 24

Is easy to find by Antje: right next to the Café on the Plaza in Santo Domingo. Photo: La Palma 24

 

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2 Answers to “La Palma people: Antje Dieckmann and the Dragon trees”

  1. Adela says:

    Hello Antje,

    I'm Adela. This is my email, If you want from now we talk around here, whatsapp or whatever you want more comfortable. I saw that the dates 19 to the 26 They are free, It suits you? The plane leaves much cheaper for that day apart. On the other hand, we assume by what you see in the pictures that the house does not include kitchen, true?, There are times when we find that or kitchens to share, all equally well. We wait for your reply,

    Thank you very much and have a great day.

    Rafa and Adela.

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