|Mallorca||Old cotton||Early/mid 20th Century|
Rosalia is one of those dresses that come without many fireworks, but once you try it on… voilà! Magic happens!
It’s simple and super versatile, made of incredibly soft and breathable thick cotton and ideal for summer. You’ll love Rosalía for its pattern, slightly adjusted to the chest but wide and voluminous so you can move freely. It’s very, very comfortable. And wait until you see the delicate lace that repeats itself in the neck, in the edge of its French sleeves and also framing the chest. A total delicacy!
Don’t be surprised if the White on the top front of the dress is slightly whiter than the rest. This dress was made in the mid-20th century. At that time in Mallorca, clothes were worn as much as possible. It is possible that the dress suffered some setbacks and the upper front was replaced with new fabric. Don’t you think it’s a great story of upcycling?
Rosalia has a small rust stain on one side and two tiny stains on the front that do not detract from the beauty of the garment. The rest is in perfect condition.
Length from top shoulder to bottom hem: 97 cm. Width from side to side at chest level: 49 cm. Best for sizes XS and S.
Heigh of model: 162 cm 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 condition possible, 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.