In Rauric street, 6 in Barcelona there is ‘El Ingenio’, a shop where you can find historical articles for parties like big heads craft stand
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El Ingenio is a business that was born in 1838 thanks to the family climbed, which was founded as a workshop party. A few years later, namely in 1924, Cardona Homs they take care of the establishment and became a reference in the sector in the city.
In El Ingenio can find all kinds of items for parties, magic, juggling and circus. But there is one item that stands out above the rest and makes this one: are tadpoles. The shelves of this store are full of these products so popular in Catalonia. Dragons, eagles, demons, and even different characters in Groux Marx receive clients who enter. Tadpoles and there are many different sizes.
Rosa Cardona, manager of El Ingenio, approximately 50 years working in this shop in the street Rauric guarded by a tadpole Pablo Picasso. Right at the entrance, you can also see old photographs and Rose still has some of the first catalogs were published.
100% handmade tadpoles
Behind the visible part of the store is the workshop, a workshop where he works Mr. Agustín. Far from the modern machinery used today in El Ingenio still make all the heads of completely handmade. Generally use their own molds and even if the process reaches a specific order varies. Then, create the prototype with chalk, then make it with cardboard. In this workshop we still keep molds and parts, more than 150 years ago, have become true relics.
Courtesy Avantgarde Limousine Barcelona