For the past months I've been talking here in feeling stitchy about women... The embroiderers that by one reason or the other and inspired by different influences were in the origin or the rediscovery of traditional embroidery in Portugal. There were many stories, but all of them were women's stories! But this is a men's story... Men began embroidering the wool pullovers to be worn by other men... And when these embroideries were forgotten, one man recovered them... It's a special story!
|"Tio Luiz Nicolau" from here|
|"O Peroqueiro" from here|
The camisolas poveiras (pullovers from Póvoa de Varzim) are made of white wool yarn and then embroidered using black and red wool yarn. They reproduce fishing motifs and a kind of local code, a proto-writing system also compared to Nordic runes, sigla, inherited from the vikings and used for many generations. Usually it was made with a razor on wood to mark family belongings, but it was painted on boats, too. I advise you to follow the link and read more on that... So interesting...
|Sigla symbols reproduced in Portuguese Pavement, from here|
|Embroiderer from Póvoa de Varzim, from here|
|Traditional embroidered pullover from Póvoa de Varzim, from here|
|Popular costume - Póvoa de Varzim, from here|
|Patterns used in Póvoa de Varzim embroidered camisolas, from here|