Few regions in Europe boast the variety and richness of popular embroideries found in the Douro and Minho regions. And none are as original, innocent and well-loved as the ones produced in the city of Viana do Castelo. Originally used to embellish outfits for special occasions, it was only at the beginning of the 20th century that they moved on to tablecloths, pillowcases, sewing caddies and pincushions. Inspired by the local flora and fauna, these embroideries also celebrate love, depicted with big, beautiful hearts. Most of Viana embroideries selected by A Vida Portuguesa come from Isilda Parente’s workshop, who has been pursuing and updating tradition ever since 1985.