Turning rows into objects of utility
Testimonies of the traditional arts of the Algarve mountains, and available at any craft store, blankets, carpets, towels and other products of genuine wool, the finest linens or bright carpets and rugs made with the use of old fabrics, are part of a heritage still very much alive in daily life of people who retain weaving as a noble craft and thus keep from working on the looms.
Similar to what happened in ancient times, the weaving is performed at home by women, but the cycle of treatment of wool and linen is shared by the couple. After shearing, the wool is washed, carded and spun until the loom. In the case of flax, the fibers supplied by local farming are prepared and separated by size before they become ready to work. Weaving and use is the motto of this art that keeps alive the cultural heritage in the region.
The beautiful quilts of Serra de Monchique, are lamb's wool or fine rags, are much sought after for their decorative effect, some of which are museum pieces.
Initially designed for use on top of donkeys, as protection for those who would sit in them, are today an important decoration in any room.
In addition to the carpets with color bands and blankets, wool and rags, decorated with the effect of the pin - the juxtaposition of the tissue at acute angles to form stylized ear - in the Northeast region, manufacturing is also saddlebags that can adjust the size of the bike.
All these works are easy to find because, over the Caldeirão, there are several weavers working individually.
All over the municipality of Albufeira, you can discover the traditional pieces of wool and linen that are born of women skilled hands that work the looms.
Unlike traditional weaving, originating from the inside, the Patchwork is an activity common to all the Algarve. An art that takes scraps and remnants of clothing destroyed, cut into strips, squares and other geometric shapes and are then sewn to each other by hand, thus giving way to the famous carpets and blankets colored rags.