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“Chita” from Alcobaça fan
The manufacture of cotton fabrics was developed as early as 1530 in Alcobaça, “Chita” being the most important printed cotton fabric. The printing technique was hand made through the application of the dies on imprints directly on the fabrics. This industry took an important part in the portuguese economy of the 18th and 19th centuries with the exports of these fabrics to Brazil.
The patterns on “Chita” from Alcobaça have their origins in the colourful influences of India with large stripes of motifs decorated with exotic birds, animals, flowers, tropical fruits, human figures, cornucopias and pitchers.
Nowadays the tradition of the “Chita” fabrics continues thanks to the contests held every year in the Alcobaça region, where the artisans and modern designers create new ways to use such a characteristic product.
Characteristics: Polished pear wood artificial silk printing; open 43 x 23 cm; 24 rods; pvc pouch.
Each item of Terra Lusa collections is a reference and a real tribute to Portugal’s cultural and emotional heritage. History, Culture, Art and Heritage, beat timelessly, discovering one again the memories of a country that, without wasting time, sails towards the future.