Holy Sheet

Holy Sheet

In different locations around the globe, the Holy Week is awaited with great expectation. In Spain, for instance, it is a big thing. Each place celebrates this popular religious event in its own way. However, the most important and recurring act is the procession. Where, at the rhythm of drums, people carry the images of Jesus through the streets. It is a religious parade but, a parade after all.

There are people who get dressed for the occasion. In fact, if it is properly done, there is a protocol to follow. Tradition demands mourning. The dress code is a plain black dress, which can be velvet but never lace. That is so because during the most part of the Holy Week, the death of Christ is commemorated. Despite this, the closure day of the week signifies Christ’s resurrection. And finally, it is time to wear white again.

Holy Sheet

Meanwhile in Galicia, the XXVII Mostra Do Encaixe de Camariñas happened to take place. As if it were a parallel ritual, the annual convention that promotes their artisanal bobbin lace included a runway showcase. Each day of the week, the religious processions and the runway exhibition took place simultaneously. It was an opportunity to display different ways in which the lace could be reinvented and bring greater visibility to the local craft. To that end, Holy Sheet kept the lace right at the spotlight. It was specially designed for the occasion, fully made of tulle, lace and flowers.

It is worth noting that the iconic lace is made by Galician palilleiras. Super skilled women that have been trained throughout their lives by previous generations. Following many years of tradition, it is now a legacy transmitted within the female community of the area. Needless to say, this bobbin lace is today highly appreciated around the world.

In essence, Holy Sheet portrays a new beginning. It is a parade of women that proudly wear a craft made by themselves. They are dressed in white see-through pieces, all with a flowery headdress veil. Transparency shows they are alive, eternal but in contact with the present nature. The collection includes a kimono, a cape, a dress and a jumpsuit. A lively proposal to promote and rebrand this precious piece of Galician culture.

Models: Andrea Sanjurjo | María Fall | Sandra Pereira | Aleksandra Ratkovic