Olá! This a week we'll continue on our trip through Portugal, a living museum of embroidery. Today we'll be indoors, visiting an old family house near Estremoz, in the Portuguese region of Alentejo. Rural houses in the Alentejo countryside are called Montes. Monte means a small hill, an elevation, and in this region, very well known by its vast plains, usually houses were built on small hills.
These photos were taken on a rainy day, like today... Which is not very typical once Portugal is a shining country!! But I believe this transmitted a special and beautiful light to the photos. Hope you like them!
I believe that most of the embroidery pieces pictured were made by the grandmother and the great grandmother of the actual owners of the property, but I cannot be sure. I know both were great embroiderers since they have some signed beautiful pieces of embroidery. Most probably the photos show some designs and technique inspired by Portuguese Traditional Embroidery, but in this case again I cannot prove it. Beginning with this dresser cover, that I believe was inspired by Alinhavados from Nisa...
|Vintage embroidered dresser cover, photo by ZPmoreira|
|Beautiful framed piece of embroidery signed by the owner's grandmother, photo by ZPmoreira|
|Inspired by Traditional Embroidery from Azores, Photo by ZPmoreira|
|Inspired by Madeira embroidery, Photo by ZPmoreira|
|Floral embroidered dresser cover, Photo by ZPmoreira|