These machine made shawls have a unique silky feeling, and have been lovingly handpicked to be an affordable version of the handmade “manton de manila”
These beautiful pieces are the perfect accessory for your flamenco dance. They can also be a delightful decoration as a piano shawl or to make a beautiful tailor made flamenco dress.
HOW TO CHOOSE your ideal manton for dancing flamenco…
Size of manton: They should be square-shaped, at least 140cm x 140cm (55″x55″), not including fringe. The size will depends on your height and strength. These square shaped mantones, may be also called piano shawls to distinguish them from the smaller shawls.
Quality of fringe (flecos): The thicker and more intricate the knots are, the better quality, therefore the more expensive. The fringe represents half of the price of the entire shawl.
Quality of embroidery: Handmade shawls will have the embroidery showing evenly on both sides. Machine made shawls are and affordable option which have the perfect embroidery only on one side.
Quality of silk: Handmade shawls are embroidered in silk. Whereas machine embroidered shawls could be made with polyester fabric. A nicer quality silk will be thicker and you won’t be able to see-through. The triangle shawls made of polyester do look very nice and have a very appealing price tag, but they won’t be suitable to dance.
Price: A handmade manton de manila could cost between £300 and £2000 and even beyond this price depending on quality. You can also find vintage items with a price tag of more than £10000. They are considered real pieces of art reserved for collectors.
A BIT OF HISTORY of the Manton de manila…
The Manila shawls, as we know it today, is a feminine clothing accessory linked to the Spanish craftsmanship. Its own resignation refers to its place of origin: the city of Manila, the capital of the old Spanish Philippine colony.
Up until they began to be made in Spain, the introduction of this product into our country was due to the commerce that Spain maintained with America during the colonial era.
The first embroideries in silk were not done on shawls, but on books, carpets, banners and flags, and appearing after on dresses, bedspreads and other goods of household decoration. Embroideries on a garment similar to the shawl did not appear until the 12 century, when the women of high class started using these types of shawls.