Linen napkins by Abbatte
Pricing: $150 CAD
Process: Abbatte only works with manual looms and only with natural fibers of the highest quality.
Our local weavers handcraft and hand wash each piece with the outmost care.
50cm x 50cm | 20" x 20"
Hand Crafted in the Monastery of Santa María de la Sierra, Segovia, Spain
Exceptionally soft hand made, hand loomed and hand sewn linen napkins. These pieces have been finished with a delicate cycle machine wash and machine dry for additional softness. Fibers will continue to soften with every wash.
The creative process of ABBATTE products is slow and complex: requiring a high degree of skill, and dedication. First, we handpick the fibers and create a sample to see how they work together. We then separate the threads, arrange them parallel to each other, and tighten them on the loom (this makes the warp). Finally, we intertwine other threads over the parallel strands, slowly weaving them together to produce the desired textile. Once we finish the fabric, we cut, hand wash, and prepare each piece for the finishing touches.
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 with the borders of a pine forest, and 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. The monastery was constructed on a site that was long venerated for being one of the most beautiful in the region. Disentailed in the 19th century, and eventually abandoned, over the years the property fell entirely into ruins until it had almost completely disappeared. What remained of the abbey, as well as the foundations of the monastery, have only recently been excavated and restored.
Additionally, we are cultivating a special garden on the grounds adjacent to the abbey in which specializes dyeing plants are grown as a result of their relationship with the textile world. The main goal of the garden is to spread the coloring use of these plants, which is not widely known, and to awaken an interest in botany. In addition to this, we aim to recover the “Rubia" tincture which has, at one time, enjoyed an important significance in Castille.