Welcome to Lands Far Away Imports, Inc. your online store for all things flamenco. If you are looking for something unique, you have come to the right place.
Founded by my mother Tina Benayas in 1999, Lands Far Away Imports has come a long way since it’s beginnings.
Born and raised in Toledo, Spain, my mom developed a passion for flamenco at a very young age. As a child, she watched the street dancers and became instantly enchanted. The way the dancers intertwined with the fans intrigued her. She began dancing in secret, since it was not acceptable behavior in those times. Throughout her life she danced at every opportunity.
Many years later after moving to the US, Tina became a dance instructor in St. Petersburg, FL. Sharing her love of dance with the community was her mission. Her passion for flamenco and deep rooted pride in her heritage, inspired her to begin importing Spanish fans. Over time she added a large variety of flamenco accessories and other Spanish specialty items.
Tina’s hard work and determination turned Lands Far Away Imports into to a successful online store. We now serve customers all over the world and are thrilled to be a part of this business infusing arts and culture into our community.
A detailed newspaper article published in 1980 interviewing my mom gives a better sense of who she was.
Over the years we have maintained our dedication to importing the finest quality flamenco products sourced directly from Spain. Working with qualified artisans who meet our standards along with specialized customer care is our priority.
We hope you enjoy our products as much as we do. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The tradition of wearing a peineta became popular in the 18th century in Spain. Wearing a Spanish peineta with a mantilla veil during bullfights and weddings quickly became the rage. Colorful combs began appearing during traditional flamenco performances as well. Rapid immigration enabled the spread of this tradition to South and Central America. Used as an ornamental comb under a mantilla, the Spanish peineta was stunning. As a bridal accessory, Spanish peinetas added a timeless feminine vibe.
Capture the essence of Spanish culture with one of our Spanish peineta hair combs.
Spanish fans play an essential role in cultural dance, as well as provide relief from intense summer heat. Spanish fans are also used in all types of stage performances. Choreographers use fans to create emotion in all styles of performances including: ballet, tap, ballroom, opera, fusion, belly dance and flamenco.
Lands Far Away Imports has been sharing the beauty and elegance of Spanish fans here in the USA since 1999. Our selection is one of the largest in-stock and available in the states. Buy with confidence and save on duties and customs when purchasing from our on-line shop. You will add unique elegance to your next special event with one of our authentic Spanish fans.
A Brief History of Spanish Fans
It is believed that folding fans were introduced to Spain by the people of North Africa in the 14th century. The travelers brought fans to give a sense of mystery and privacy to their women. Above all, the fans provided relief from the Summer heat in Spain. As an expensive item, the fans were initially used mostly by upper-class women. Over time, the use of fans spread, and dancers began using them in their performances. Spanish fans were also believed to have a ” Secret Language” to convey messages. Young ladies would attend events with a female chaperone to watch over them. The girls found a way to interact with admirers using their hand fans. Using different fan gestures, they would avoid the attention of their chaperone!
Spain is presently one of the few European countries that still manufactures Spanish hand fans.