O Tiar da Avó Trindade

I was incredibly lucky to come from a household where the joy of making and that resourcefulness was never discontinued. And more recently have become incredibly interested in making most things in-house. It seems this respect for the handmade grew exponentially when I was given a table runner made by my husband’s Grandmother, Avó Trindade, more than 50 years ago on her tiar de pente liço (hand loom) in a small Portuguese village in the Guarda region (Badamalos).

Just two generation ago, our grandparents were great at using what they had around and were able to make do in difficult times. Most things in the house were homemade and there was a huge respect for items they produced and owned. My mother has a full trunk of beautiful hand woven, knitted and crocheted items, most, older than myself.

These days, it’s more convenient and cheaper to just go out and buy ready made. Many of us have become increasingly detached and hugely undervalue the workmanship of objects we have in our houses. We know very little of where things come from and how they are made. We tend to then use them  in a copious manner disregarding the impact we have on the environment and the limitations of our earth’s resources.

That being said, there is a growing community realising just that. It’s inspiring to se that many more people have began to respect and value the environment as well as the impact of cheap labour by simply choosing organic and fairtrade.

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