Introducing Carrera y Carrera‘s new collection Seda Imperial through the eastern legend.
46 centuries ago, Chinese princess Liu-Tsu who, at the age of 14, was forced to marry a barbaric Khan against her will for political reasons. As revenge, Liu-Tsu hid in her shawl the best-guarded mystery of the Far East, unknown until that time — the secret of Imperial Silk embroidery — and she threw it into the depths of the ocean. Centuries later, the captain of the Nao San Felipe plied the 7 seas, from Manila to Acapulco and from there to Seville, fighting adversaries from every continent. One day when the seas were calm, he glimpsed something in the water. The shawl appeared in the hands of the captain, who guarded it as if it were treasure. Some say that one April afternoon, the ship appeared by itself in the port of Seville; nothing was known of its captain or crew. A woman found the shawl and gave it to a young embroiderer for embroidering. This woman was the captain’s lover and an aristocrat who, along with the young embroiderer, protected the mystery.
The Manila shawl, originally from China, is a completely artisanal garment hand-embroidered in natural silk with skill and dexterity. Carrera y Carrera has taken the most characteristic motifs of this garment to create breathtaking jewels.