Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Embroidery from Viana do Castelo

Image source: Portugal em Postal

In some of my bags I use brightly coloured fabrics that are embroidered with white cotton garlands. These fabrics are from Viana do Castelo a region in the north of Portugal. Today the designs have been simplified and applied to tablecloths and placemats but they originate from the rich traditional folk costumes. The designs represented a particular town within the region. Differences in the quality and colour of the materials used also reflected the status of the woman who embroidered them.  The wonderful postcards above show some of these costumes.

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