|Mallorca||Old cotton||Early/mid 20th Century|
Here at Sabellar, you will find vintage clothing from early-mid 20th century, but Rocío is probably one of our most antique acquisitions. You will see it in its rather short pattern and in its soft cotton, polished by use. There are also small details, almost unnoticeable, that tell much of its history. Like its neck, if you look closely, you will find that part of the embroidery on the left side has been replaced by a different one. This technique has been widely used for years. There was no fast fashion back then. When something went wrong with a piece of clothing, you tried to fix it. You applied your utmost care and skills to be able to give it a second life. In this case, it worked gorgeously. Don't you think it's a great upcycling story?
Both the front and back of Rocío are a delight. Nothing is left over or missing. A delicate set of pin-tucks on the front, framing the buttoning with a delicate floral embroidery, the French sleeves with the same embroidery…
Rocío has been restored and is in perfect condition, but do take into account that it’s over a hundred years old and it needs to be treated with the utmost care and delicacy.
Length from top shoulder to bottom hem: 47 cm. Width from side to side at chest level: 48 cm.
Model is 162 cm tall and she usually wears tops size S.
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 to become your 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 you 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 in their best possible condition, we recommend you do not wash at more than 30º, nor use fabric conditioner and only allow a medium spin. For an easier ironing, do it when the garment is still a bit wet.