It happens in a small town in Orense, that every February, its normal quiet routine pauses to dress up for a party. In Viana do Bolo, a colorful party called Entroido breaks out on those days. Then the "boteiros" run through the streets, spirits dressed in bright colors and adorned with terrifying masks that come to scare children and commit mischief with the elderly. With cowbells and rods, they take all the neighbors out into the street. The drums accompany them, creating a loud and joyful racket.
This event, which dates back to times before the grandparents of our grandparents, is lovingly prepared for months before. It is the older women of the town who, with their patient and wise hands, gather each ribbon that will later be embroidered on the suits.
At his side are his children, who work passionately so that these roots are not lost. So that the work of their mothers, and of their mothers' mothers, lives on beyond their passage through that house full of carnival, of giant masks that took several days to carve and as many to decorate, of kilometers of tape tacked into costumes who dress with pride like someone getting ready for a big event. The biggest day of the year.
Viana Collection is the story of our trip to Viana do Bolo, in which we learned about this beautiful and centuries-old tradition. A tribute to all those who work with enthusiasm to keep their know-how alive with personal satisfaction as the only reward. A "thank you" to those who welcomed us with the open doors of their home, and with a table that always had room for one more dish for those who wanted to hear their story.
Thanks to Anita, Charo and Otilia.
The first collection of Verbena Madrid bags is made up of six models. Each one bears the name of one of the women who manually gathered and sewed miles of ribbon to its 100% natural linen base. The four pieces made with this technique took several days to complete and, later, traveled from Orense to Madrid to be assembled by hand to their leather structure. Once the bag was created, it returned to Viana do Bolo so that the women in charge could carry out their strict quality control and give the final touch to the piece.
The production moves away from industrial systems, and is done completely manually and tailored for each one of the bags.
The verbenas and earrings
The colorful motifs of the traditional Galician carnival are the inspiration to decorate our most iconic models. Flowers, ruffles and gathered ribbons of all colors harmonically curdle all our pieces, made by hand. Also, the models embroidered with natural raffia, such as the Pipa or Anís earrings.