|Mallorca||Old silk||Early 20th Century|
Ariadna is like travelling to the 20s. Light and graceful, full of movement and personality. Just watch it… It looks like it is just about to go to the dancing floor and start dancing a crazy Charleston.
Made of exquisite pink silk, the dress has a delicate embroidery made by hand that follows through the neckline and the shoulders. Ariadna was conceived as a nightgown, but we want to give it a second life as a dress that can be worn in all its glory. You will love the details of the embroidery that frame the shoulders and make them stand out.
And what about the soft touch of the silk with the skin? And the ballerina-like moves that will follow every step you take wearing it… You will love this dress!
The lacing in the centre allows you to adapt the dress to your figure and your mood. You can pucker it totally to your waist or leave it straight, lacing it around your hips for a 20s-ish look.
Important: the dress has some very subtle wet spots in the front. Silk is a very delicate fabric and we have not been able to use the same products we usually use to remove the more rebellious stains. We have preferred to leave it like that. In any case these little imperfections belittle the beauty of this magnificent dress.
Length from top shoulder to bottom hem:131 cm. Width from side to side at chest level: 60 cm. Best for sizes S and L.
Heigh of model: 162 cm.
Clean it (preferably by hand) with cold water and an special soap for delicate clothes. Don’t use softener, nor centrifugation, nor a clothes dryer. To dry, better laid down than hanged.
The garments we offer are all at least 70 or 80 years old, some even more than one hundred. They are all from rural Mallorca, from those dowries which someone first embroidered years ago and were later stored in a trunk and forgotten about.
They are all simple items, hand-made and mainly white. All have tiny details such as embroideries which make them extremely special. You may find two blouses which look similar, but none are exactly the same. Several are embroidered with the initials or first name of the pieces' original owner.
We have searched the island from market to market, home to home, for the most beautiful blouses and gowns you can imagine. We have found old cotton and linen. Durable, fresh and breathable fabrics which are ideal as standard Summer wear.
All the garments you will find here have been completely restored. The process starts at the hands of an expert embroiderer who has carefully mended any imperfections it may have suffered over time. We really want our hemstitches, embossing and loop stitching to look as good as it did on the very first day it was worn.
Next the garments undergo a rigorous cleaning process to remove any hard staining from rust or damp. Please take into account that you may still find a loose thread or some patching or tiny staining that refuses to budge (don't worry we will tell you about it first). We believe that these slight imperfections aren't bad, in fact they are part of the history of the piece.
We assure you that nothing makes your feel as unique as wearing a unique piece of clothing like these ones, being able to imagine who tailored it for its original owner and now for you. Where did she live? What was her story? Or even better, to imagine that maybe it was worn at a particularly important event or time in her life. This, we believe, is quite magical.