The Viana do Castelo Embroidery
Viana in the North of Portugal is home of genuine crafts and folklore, making the High Minho one of the richest ethnographic regions with the most beautiful expressions of Portuguese crafts. For generations, the teaching of needlework and crafts was entrusted to Minho young girls who spun, wove and embroider to constitute their wedding outfit and make their traditional costume.
In 1917, Gemeniana de Abreu e Lima gathered some of those embroideries and adapted the patterns used to suit the home, with main focus on the tablecloths, aprons, curtains… She organized an exhibition showing these peasant embroideries that was a true success and many attribute this moment to the birth of modern Viana do Castelo embroidery.
The embroidery of Viana do Castelo was certified in 2011, providing for the future, a sustainable existence, and ensuring a constant affirmation and renewal. Viana Castelo’s embroiders draw their compositions with admirable artistic intuition, inspired in natural motives symmetrically arranged. Floral arrangements are predominant, like camellias and hearts among other motives.
Today, the motives of Viana embroidery can be found in a variety of products like purses and wallets, trivets, hand-painted ceramics, jewelry, home textiles and much more.