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Guarda Blankets

Maçainhas village (near Guarda, where Mar-quês de Pombal initiated textile production) used to earn a living from the production of these – once very popular – blankets. Since 1966, Fábrica de Cobertores de José Freire is the last of its kind to produce them in the whole of Portugal. During the summer time, the thick and long “greasy wool” of the local sheep is spun and woven on an old hand-loom. From here it goes to the scouring ma-chine, where it is washed and pressed into felt. Afterwards, it proceeds into the carding machine, which aligns the fibres, goes on to be stretched and is left under the sun to dry. There is no other way to obtain these thick and very warm blankets, available both in white and in a coloured pattern, with a distinctive long thread.