Shopping

Fomos a Bragança. Eu como turista. Fiquei na zona antiga e resolvi procurar uma qualquer retrosaria antiga. Logo ali, junto da Praça da Sé vi uma loja antiga, com novelos para crochet, toalhas, pijamas na montra.

Entrei e encontrei uma senhora muito simpática. Perguntei se tinha linhas de seda para bordar. Sem grande entusiasmo disse que tinha algumas, que cor queria. Respondi que gostava de ver o que tinha.

(ando bastante interessada em saber mais sobre os bordados de Castelo Branco, daí o meu interesse pelas sedas)
Começou por trazer duas caixas. À medida que me viu seleccionar as cores foi descobrindo mais e mais caixas. Fomos conversando sempre.
Contou-me que a única cliente dos últimos anos fazia muito bordado de Castelo Branco, mas tinha ficado doente e já não trabalhava.
Explicou-me que estas sedas são de fabrico português, muito antigas e já não se fazem.
As meadas são seda artificial, as outras – que se vendem em pequenas quantidades – são seda vegetal. Disse ainda que a seda Ridouro – uma seda muito mais fina que encontrei em Braga, na Páscoa – não tinha e também já não se fabricava (ao contrário do que me disseram em Braga).

E contou esta coisa extraordinária: os pescadores de truta espanhóis são agora os seus clientes para estas sedas. Usam pequenos fios de seda e esta serve de isco devido ao seu brilho. Segundo eles a truta tem muito boa visão e vê o brilho da seda de muito longe.
O tempo voou e tive pena de não ter podido ficar o dia todo na conversa. E também de ter deixado tanta seda para as trutas!

Se alguém que por aqui passe tem alguma coisa a dizer sobre o bordado de Castelo Branco e sedas portuguesas, diga, sim???? Tenciono ir em breve a Castelo Branco e gostava de levar alguns contactos.


We have done a trip to Bragança, a Portuguese town in north-east close to the frontier with Spain. Me as tourist. I stayed by the old town and looked for any old haberdasher’s shop. Just there, near the old cathedral I saw an old shop with some towels, pyjamas and some balls of yarn in the shop-window.

Inside I met a very nice lady. I asked if she had silk threads for embroidery. Whithout too much enthusiasm she said she had some and asked which colour I wanted. I told her I would like to see what she had.
She brought only two little boxes. As I was choosing different colours she was finding more and more little boxes. We were talking all the time.

She told me that the only buyer she had for the last years was a woman who did embroideries from Castelo Branco. She is still alive but too ill to work.
I was told that these silks are all Portuguese, very old and now discontinued.
The skeins are artificial silk, the others – which are sold in little quantities – are vegetal silks. About Ridouro silks she has never sold them because they are too thin and now are discontinued too, she says.
And she told this extraordinary thing: the Spanish anglers of trout are her best buyers of these silks now. They use little bits of silk and used them as baith due to its brightness. According to them the trout has a very good sight and sees the bright of silk from a great way off.

The time flew and I felt for having left so much silk to the trouts!

7 thoughts on “Shopping

  1. What a lovely find, Meri! What will you be stitching with your pretty new silks?

  2. Love the beautiful colours! Sounds like a fascinating store – how interesting that the silk is used in fishing.

  3. Such beautiful colors…I would want to buy up the lot. And what a wonderful way to pass time – surrounded by color and stories.

  4. Beautiful silks Meri. We are having sea trout on the barbecue this evening! x

  5. What a lovely story – such beautiful threads.I was telling my husband about trout liking bright coloured threads and as he he going trout fishing in one of our Canadian lakes tomorrow he spent 2 hours in our attic looking for my box of embroidery threads I haven't seen for years ! ! ! I'll tell you if he catches any trout with the threads. ‹(•¿•)› Crete4us

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