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CAMARI√ĎAS LACE

 

CAMARIÑAS LACE

This fine lace is made with thin threads which are sewed using needles and sticks ("palilleira" could be translated as "stick-user"). Threads are distributed and held with pins on a pillow over which is placed a picture that is used as a pattern to get the final lace.

The ‘palilleiras’ are the artists on Camariñas lace craft. They elaborate with same doses of patience and skillfulness every kind of patterns and items of this intricate art.

 

This typical handcraft is especially prolific in the Costa da Morte (Coast of Death) –where the village of Camariñas is- but elaborated all over Galicia.

 

The characteristic lace activity of Camarinas, previously restricted to the domestic  self-production, has acquired great fame in Galicia and in some international markets.

THE ORIGINS

Many legends run about the origin of this fine craft as that of an Italian ship which wrecked  near Costa da Morte. To thank the people in the area for their help with food and shelter after the shipwreck, an Italian lady travelling on the boat taught the women in Camariñas the secrets of this art, which later spread along all the Galician coast. But the truth is that already in XVI Century there are documents that report on the existence of this exquisite art that had been probably inspired in the lace Italian and Flanders ships carried. Since then, it has passed from one generation to another.