The quality and refinement of Madeira embroidery have long been renowned worldwide. Each piece is hand-embroidered by artisans who pass down the secrets of their art from one generation to the other. Some works, mainly towels are processed thoroughly and in detail. Their creations are unique and the more detailed works can take months to complete.
When buying an original piece of Madeira embroidery you can be sure of its quality. The trade guild ensures that the highest standards of quality are maintained and only allows the use of certain materials such as linen, silk, cotton and organdy.
Embroidery has been part of the culture and history of Madeira since 1784. There were about 70 thousand embroiderers in the nineteenth century. You can find original pieces all over the island, from small craft shops. The biggest stage of these specialized stores are in Funchal.