Cilaos, one of Reunion’s cirques, boasts all three of the island’s specialities: wine, lentils and “jours”. This refers to embroidery that is not superimposed on top of the fabric, but that is created by removing threads from the weave of the fabric and thus producing openwork (ajouré) ornaments. With great subtle delicacy and requiring great attention to detail on the part of the embroiderers, the ‘jours’ of Cilaos are highly sought after. Saint-Philippe has become a town specialising in the weaving of vacoa (a small palm tree, the leaves of which are used to flavour cari): mats, “bertels” (bags with a very long handle) and “soubiques” (two-handled baskets, drawing inspiration from Madagascar) are sold directly by the producers or in the store of the ‘Cass’ le coin’ association. In the village of Entre-Deux, it is choca (a type of agave) that is woven, while in the cirque de Salazie, bamboo is preferred by the artisans. Finally, on the Plaine-des-Cafres, on the path to the Piton de la Fournaise (Furnace Peak) (thus named because the Marrons, blacks fleeing slavery and the plantations, sought refuge there) the lava rock is processed to produce decorative items: this is your chance to purchase that stone pestle with which to make mango rougail home !