Queens of Castilla

The Queens of Castilla, from Doña Urraca to Isabel la Católica, wore sumptuous dresses. They placed garment over garment: chemises, skirts, gowns, robes and headdresses, all made from exquisite and delicate fabrics.

Queens of Castilla dresses

In their finely woven, silk skirts, made with great skill in the workshops in Al-Andalus, and the beautiful fabrics of their gowns with the glow of “tinsel”, they used a mysterious,

golden thread made by the Andalusian textile industry.

They also wore rich, woolen cloth cloaks, woven in Castilla with great dexterity by weavers from the textiles guilds, which could be found from the 13th Century onwards, in almost all the cities that were a part of the Crown of Castilla.

These Castillian cities knew the craft of weaving well and this craft emerges once again with the help of our Segovian weavers, who delicately entwine the warp and the weft to create the silk “robe” that was once worn by the Castillian Queens. This now acts as a narrative thread between the culture and history of Spain.

One of our objectives at ÁBBATTE is to advertise and promote the value of the art of weaving. The identity of the company is supplemented with the aim of preserving the artisanal, historical and cultural heritage in the region of Castilla. Rediscovering forgotten customs.

With this in mind, weaving, dyeing and basketry courses are being held at the headquarters in Segovia. The next one will be within the seminar “History through everyday life: Costume and furniture”, about the Classical world of Greece and Rome, on the 22nd of October, entitled: “Recreating the Classical world through its furniture and costume”.

With these events, ÁBBATTE gives the participants the chance to submerge themselves for a day in a specific historical period. The clothing and the furniture function as a reflection of the mindset, tastes and customs of a particular society and are fundamental aspects that allow us to understand a broader cultural reality.

These sessions will be carried out at the ÁBBATTE headquarters, next to the ruins of the Cistercian monastery, Santa María de la Sierra. In this privileged place, which has exceptional views of the Castillian lands, those attending the courses can have a very special day submerging themselves in the culture of a particular age, and even enjoy a breakfast of typical sweets and pastries from the convent and a lunch consistent with the period. They can also visit the monastery and the textile and dye workshops as well as taking a stroll through the dye plant gardens.

A genuine experience.

Text: María Olmos Mochales
Photos: Pablo Gómez – Ogando