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António Adauta

  • Embroiderer
  • Viseu, Portugal
  • Master Artisan
António Adauta Embroiderer
Contact
Portuguese, English, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+351 232425523
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Mythical stitches

  • • António is a self-taught Arraiolos embroiderer
  • • He interprets ancient mosaics using the Arraiolos stitch
  • • His embroidered works tell stories of Roman mythology

António Adauta taught himself Arraiolos (long-legged cross stitching) embroidery, choosing this creative path over a career in electrical engineering. The traditional technique, which dates back to the 15th century and takes its name from the southern Portuguese town of Arraiolos, uses wool thread on burlap. António’s work is different though as he lives in the North and so he felt free to break away from traditional Arraiolos patterns to create embroidery pieces that tell mythological stories inspired by the Roman mosaics of Conímbriga. The master patterns are duly protected and registered by the Portuguese Department of General Inspection of Cultural Activities. Arraiolos embroidery has a label, on which the work’s name and the author are identified, and is followed with a certificate including an axe seal and the symbol recognizing Handcraft Productive Unit.

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Works

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Actéon

This embroidery handmade using Arraiolos stitch tells the story of Actaeon, a skilful but cheeky hunter, caught one day in the valley of Gargáfia watching the Goddess Diana bathe in the river. Outraged, she turns him into a stag to be devoured by his dogs. Framed to adorn a wall.

Length 54 cm
Width 54 cm
Height 2 cm

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Centauro Marinho

A handmade Arraiolos piece celebrating the Sea Centaurs born from King Ixion and a cloud that Zeus made appear as Hera. The predominant colours are black, orange, brick red and beige. Framed to be exhibited as an artwork. It received the Golden Anchor Trophy in 1998.

Length 54 cm
Width 54 cm
Height 2 cm

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Centro Entrelaçado

Using the traditional Arraiolos stitching technique this handmade embroidery shows the beauty of geometric patterns with an interlaced centre. The piece is secured between two sheets of glass with a wooden brown frame ready to be exhibited. It received a mention at Coats Contest 2006.

Length 55 cm
Width 55 cm
Height 2 cm

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Cruzes

The geometric patterns and interlaced crosses are stitched by hand harmoniously with contrasting colours of black, orange, brick red and beige. This piece takes three months of hand work. It received a mention at FIALISBOA 2015: best piece of contemporary craft.

Length 70 cm
Width 55 cm
Height 2 cm

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Minotauro

This piece is a tribute to the mythological Minotaur who was sealed by the King Minos in a labyrinth designed by the architect Daedalus. This handmade Arraiolos embroidery is framed ready to be hung and appreciated. The piece received equal first price at Famalicão handcraft Fair 2006.

Length 40 cm
Width 40 cm
Height 2 cm

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