People say that around 30 years ago the wool was still spun of cotton on Santiago. It has been alleged that the plant was once imported from America to make new income opportunities on the islands available. A long time they have survived as wild plants.
However, so far we have not found any evidence about when and if the cotton was cultivated on Cape Verde at all.
What can be said is that within the past 30 years the wild growing stock has decreased to a great extent. Today there is only very isolated wild cotton to be found. Panos made out of this cotton are considerably softer than the ones weaved with the imported yarn. It is almost unaffordable because of the cotton's rarity.
A quick Creole - Lesson
A material and basically every cloth. It derives from the portuguese word pano.
- Pánu di téra
The weaved cloth unique to Santiago.
- Pánu di bitxu
A weaved cloth with a relief-like pattern (of animal motives)
- Pánu d'obra
A difficult and costly manufactured cloth with patterns and fringes on which two weavers work daily together for two weeks from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 4 pm. Already the preparation time for the loom takes a day, said the weaver. It is often used as a means of decoration in houses.
- Pánu txan
A smooth, black - white striped cloth without any other motives.