Costumes of the World - Portugal

These original, hand drawn illustrations are from my Costumes of the World collection and depict the traditional Portuguese style dress for men and women.


As with many national costumes, that of Portugal varies depending on the region of the country; for example, cattlemen in Alentejo would wear short jackets with fur collars, called samarras, and brightly coloured red and green stocking caps. In the Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro region, shepherds continue to dress in the traditional straw cloak. Because the rural areas were very isolated, traditional clothing was worn until well into the late 20th century.

The Portuguese national costume is notable for its bright and vivid colours, though red and black are the two most popular. The men are likely to wear calsas (short leggings) or long trousers, an embroidered shirt, waistcoats and sombreros.

The woman in the illustration is wearing an outfit mostly associated with the Minho region in the north of the country. She wears a linen chemise with blue floral embroidery, a heavy skirt (saia), a woollen apron, a bodice, two kerchiefs (one worn on the head and another around the shoulders), white knitted stockings, and backless black slippers. The skirt is usually sewn from heavy wool or linen and can be plain (black, red, green, or blue) or have patterns woven into the background. Red skirts are traditionally worn by young girls or for happy occasions. Many married women wear blue skirts, but not always. The apron is called an avental. It is always woollen, hand-woven, and has very bright patterns that cover the whole apron.

The illustration are available as:
- a double portrait (x1 print - x2 figures)
- single figures (man or woman)
- a pair (x2 prints - x1 man and x1 woman)

Sizes available:

A5 / 210 x 148mm

A4 / 297 x 210mm

A3 / 420 x 297mm

All open editions, signed and dated in pencil.

Ready to be mounted and framed, each print is posted with a protective greyboard backing in a bio-degradable sleeve, and in a hard-backed envelope. A3 prints are wrapped in tissue paper and shipped in a postal tube.

Portugal - Costumes of the World

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