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In Spain, a monastery weaves fibers of life

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In Spain, a monastery weaves fibers of life

Nathalie Baetens

In Castile, in a preserved mountain landscape, imaginary ruins and contemporary creation Only do one. In the shadow of Cistercian monastery of Santa María de la Sierra, Abbatte weaves natural fibers. In the workshop, from raw material to sophisticated weavingold gestures reinvent themselves.

Between Madrid and Segovia, at the turn of a slope of the Sierra de Guadarrama, gets up the monastery of Santa María de la Sierra. Built between 1220 and 1270, abandoned in the eighteenth century and recently removed from ruin, its Romanesque and Gothic architecture has become a patient lacis of nature and culture. At the edge of an oak grove and a pine forest, the contemporary weaving workshop Abbatte has elected domicile. Figure of resistance of time which passes and which constantly reinvents itself, the noise of the looms rhythm its days.

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In the open, the Cistercian monastery of Santa María de la Sierra.

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Built in the ruins, contemporary Abbatte workshops by the architect Alberto Ballarín.

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With its blankets, tablecloths, scarves, stoles ... the hand-made brand of hand-woven textiles creates an enveloping idea of ​​clothing, comfort and domestic harmony. She espouses the demanding criteria ofa contemporary aesthetic, oftraditional work and of the value of the handmade. Around Elena Goded Rambaud, university professor, biologist, specialist in natural dyeing, and her daughter Camila Lanzas Goded, designer, the workshop is a hive and the rule - also Cistercian it seems - is happy. With Ana Maria, Ana Isabel, Cristina, Mari Carmen, all have in common the knowledge of a practice that finds its source in old gestures.

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On the same alpaca base, several variations. From the ball to the loom, the natural color of plants illuminates the book.

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Throughout the collections, they are the privileged guardians of a language that touches the real, everyday and a timeless quality, with high added symbolic value. Under the impetus and the tremendous energy of Elena, Abbatte contains two projects: the production of sophisticated textile objects but also a cultural proposal with various activities, seminars, courses and conferences related to textile, fashion and color that take place in the wings of wooden houses made by the architect Alberto Ballarín.

Courses and educational meetings on the themes of weaving and color.

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In the workshop, work on traditional looms paces the day, the sound of pedals and "clack" pieces of wood.

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Facing the open walls of the abbey, an educational garden of dyeing plants marry the landscape, while the hut of dyes is at the edge of the woods. Miguel Cerezales Rotaeche, forest engineer, in charge of colors and dyes, shares with Elena the secrets of cochineal, the tour of the universe of indigo, the "madder" values ​​of the Rubia tinctorum, emblematic of Castile ... From the cabin to the workshop, dyes tell an alchemy that penetrates the heart of the alpacas of Chile and Peru, the lins of Egypt and Belgium, the wool of the end of the world ... Elena says silk: "This is the material that fascinates me the most, when 'a scarf becomes shell, volume, sculpture ...' Chinese bristles delicate and precious that can be found in his treasure chest and whose bright colors will point out a blanket or cushion.

The enveloping forest of the Sierra de Guadarrama.

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Symbols of a craft of yesteryear, frames and natural hues.

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Respect for nature and man is at the heart of Abbatte's choice of fibers, colors and weaving. To know how to prolong a piece of memory to invent current forms, that's all his talent. To Madrid, the monacal showroom breathe the same serenity than the Segovia craft headquarters. The open air, the pines as far as the eye can see, this ample breathing of the mountain, penetrate there like a breath of life, around natural textiles.

Address: Abatte. Workshop. Monasterio Santa Maria de la Sierra, Collado Hermoso, Segovia. Such. +34 921 062 063. Showroom. Calle de Villanueva, 27, 28001 Madrid. Such. +34 916 225 530. abbatte.com

Abbatte breathes serenity.

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