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Bedspreads of Castelo Branco

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Bedspreads of Castelo Branco
Location
6000-001 ALMACEDA
District:Castelo Branco
County :Castelo Branco
Parish:Almaceda
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The embroidered bedspread from Castelo Branco are authentic works of art. They came about in the 16th century from an Oriental origin and their objective was to cover a newly weds bed and it reached it high point in the 18th century during the baroque period. Today, this is still the theme which is used to design the bedspread, and here we can also see designs such as an albarrada which symbolises the home or two birds which symbolise a couple. The linen is embroidered with polychromatic silk thread. There are three types of bedspreads: rich or erudite, popular or rural and mixed or transitional. Today we can see examples of this art and its making process at the Francisco Tavares Proença Júnior Museum.

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