Manila Shawl

China, 19th century


Hand embroidery
Ivory color silk on green silk
“Wrapping yourself in it is like dressing in a painting. Modern industry will not invent anything that equals the naive poetry of the shawl, dotted with flowers, flexible, catchy and matte, with that fringe that has something of the tangles of the dream.” Benito Pérez Galdós , Fortunata y Jacinta.

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The Manila shawl is a square silk canvas decorated in bright colors with flowers, birds or fantasies, and finished around its perimeter by fringes. Of Chinese origin, 1 it became very popular during the 18th century in Spain and Latin America as a complement to women’s wardrobe. He was immortalized by painters such as Joaquín Sorolla, Hermen Anglada Camarasa, Ramón Casas or Julio Romero de Torres. In the traditional culture of female dress, the Manila shawl is associated with Andalusian women, the Madrid manola, casticism in the universal geography of Hispanic influence, 2 flamenco and exotic elegance.