Factory-Workshop Guarantees Quality of Cuban Cigars
Pinar del Río, Cuba, Oct 15 (Prensa Latina) The secrets of the so-called ''arte del torcido'' (the art of the hand-rolled cigar) are being revealed today to young apprentices at a factory-workshop in the Cuban province of Pinar del Río, famous for the quality of its leaves.
For nine months, apprentices are trained in this delicate task. Then they start to elaborate cigars for export at the same place, where they have a guaranteed job, factory managers told Prensa Latina.
The factory-workshop Francisco Donatién, the most important one in the territory, offers courses to train young people so they can master the art passed on generation after generation.
In this city, experienced cigar makers produce vitolas for the Trinidad, Cohíba, Romeo y Julieta, Partagás and Hoyo de Monterrey brands, all created by a thousand-year-old hand-crafting procedures.
Readings at the tobacco factory are another traditional practice which has been preserved not only at this particular factory but in all factories throughout the country.
Tourists interested in this ancient craft visit the factory daily.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Source: Prensa Latina