Tuesday, March 18, 2008
In the city of Portalegre, in the Alentejo (South of Portugal), one will find one of the best tapestries in the world.
Based upon the artwork of known portuguese and foreign artists, these handmade tapestries take advantage of an available palette of 7000 colours.
Each weft consists of eight threads, meaning that different colours can be mixed in the same weft, resulting in reach chromatic effects.
The tapestries are woven by hand on a vertical loom and grow horizontaly, using a technique that permits to achieve great definition on small details.
The tapestries of Portalegre are limited in series of 1, 4 or 8 of the same original and are numbered and signed by the artist.
You may take a look at their site to learn more about an almost lost Art.
They fight with difficulties and the wage of the weavers is far less than what they deserve.
An increase in the number of buyers would help to keep these wonderful works of Art available to those who are true connoisseurs
In Lisbon you may also visit a permanent exhibition at the Galeria Tapeçarias de Portalegre ( Portalegre Tapestry Gallery).