Arts & Crafts - Weaving

There are many fine weavers in Andalucia  © Michelle Chaplow
There are many fine weavers in Andalucia © Michelle Chaplow

Weaving

There are many fine weavers in Andalucia, although hand-operated looms only survive in remote areas, for the production of crafts articles for export, such as the wool blankets of Grazalema in the province of Cadiz, and "jarapas" (rugs coarsely woven with scraps brightly coloured fabric) of Almeria.

Gypsy dress (Traje de Gitana)
Gypsy dress (Traje de Gitana)

The "La Madraza" factory is in Malaga is well-known for its production of traditional carpets, tapestry and other decorative textiles, using motifs of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Granada is famous for its intricate embroidery on tulle, as well as carpet and tapestry weaving. The Alpujarra region, south of Granada, is famous for the weaving of Moorish-style rugs and wall-hangings, as well as a fabric popularly known as "alpujarreño", much used for curtains and upholstery.

Andalucia is also famous for its hand-embroidered, frilly ''gypsy'' dress for dancing flamenco, the finely embroidered silk shawls known as "mantón de Manila", mantillas and lace.




 

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