|Mallorca||Old cotton||Early/mid 20th Century|
Pilar is a little gem that you only can find on rare occasions. The valenciennes-style embroidery it has on the collar and the cuffs are so delicate… It almost seems a dream they have survived to these days. We found them in a very bad shape, but they have been restored by hand, slowly, with an extremely thin silk thread and now they have regained all its splendour.
Admire the perfect symmetry of Pilar. The neck goes like a bib to the chest with four gorgeous embroidered strips, two valenciennes and two with an organic design that reminds us to a bunch of grapes. Under the collar you will find to embroidered initials: “PJ”.
The back of Pilar is totally surprising, with a delightful v-shaped collar. Wear it with your hair scruffily tied up to reveal the nape. It’s magic!
Pilar is in perfect shape. It just has the tiniest patch in the upper right front, but it is hardly noticeable. It keeps the original mother-of-pearl buttons.
We recommend having extra care when washing Pilar, as its embroideries are very delicate. Wash by hand only, just gently squeezing collar and neck, and iron it without focusing too much on the embroideries.
Length from top shoulder to bottom hem: 55,5 cm. Width from side to side at chest level: 55 cm. Narrow cuffs: 18 cm. perimeter. Best fits XS and S.
Heigh of model: 176 cm.
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.
Our garments have survived until today because the thread originally used to make them is so resistant. To keep them at their best condition possible, we recommend you do not wash at more than 30º, nor use fabric conditioner and only allow a medium spin.
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