ABBATTE’s headquarters are located in the Monastery of Santa María de la Sierra on the northern side of the Guadarrama mountains in Segovia, along the border of a pine forest and an oak wood. Dating back to the 13th century, it was built in the Cistercian style, during the architectural transition between the Romanesque and Gothic styles. It was constructed in a site that was venerated for being one of the most beautiful in the region. The property was disentailed in the 19th century and eventually abandoned, falling into ruin over the years until it had almost completely disappeared. The abbey’s remaining parts as well as the foundations of rest of the monastery have only recently been excavated and restored.
The monastery is annexed to a newly constructed space, where both the workshop and the conference rooms are located.
Also in the proximity of the abbey we are growing dyeing plats that make up an specialized botanical garden in which only dying species are present due to their relationship with the textile world.
The main goal of the garden is to spread the dyeing use of these plats, which is not well known, and to awaken an interest in botany. Also, to recover the Rubia tincture which has such an important tradition in Castille.
The dying workshop cabin
The cabin that has become the dying workshop is placed inside the pine tree forest. Here is where we extract the pigments from the different plants and where we dye the threads from our natural dyed pieces.