The photos show a golden shawl, some of the stages of how it is made, and how it is worn with the traditional Lagarteran costume.
It is embroidered on cotton tulle. First the design is drawn, and then filled in by embroidering.
Once this is done, the sequins and the gold thread are sewn on.
Finally, it is edged with lace, forming shells, in gold metal thread.
This shawl is worn with a close-fitting velvet bodice, a red wool felted skirt, a headscarf made from heavyweight fabric, with green-edged ribbons attached to the bun, and ribbons down the back.
This costume is worn on major feast days and very special occasions.
Cairel Atelier, Lagartera, octubre 2021
Glossary of Spanish terms used to describe the costume:
Barragán: a coarse-grained woollen fabric. Barragán is not fulled, but boiled many times in clear water.
Colorao: red colour
Cintas de la espalda: the ribbons worn on the back of the bodice (black velvet).
Cintas del moño: the ribbons that are put on the hair when it is tied up in a bun. The traditional Lagarteran bun is called a moño de picaporte.
Cintas de las pájaras: These have a green border, and are embroidered with floral motifs. They may have this name because when they are placed in the bun, they catch the breeze, and it looks like they are flying when they move.
Pañuelo de peso: a red to maroon headscarf, which is made using a heavier cloth than is used for the white headscarves which are worn with a different version of the costume.