If there is a traditional dress for women in Spain, it is cover, historically used during Holy Week, bullfighting and some social events such as weddings or private meetings of aristocracy and royalty. The garment fell out of use at the end of the 20th century, but is now An entrepreneur born in Antequera Not only has it managed to make it fashionable again in Spain – Andalusia and Leon are its main destinations – but also in the world. up in Westminster Abbey, In this year’s scene of the coronation of Carlos III, you can buy a mantilla to enter the temple. You can find it in his store for around 70 Euros.
Ascension Seville, Sensi to all in Antequera, is the architect of this “boom”, which lives in his shop at Calle Durance, 20 (‘Mi Mantilla’), which currently exists in Spain. «This product did not exist in the market of our country and no one dared to introduce it in an industrial way with a specialized fashion firm, And I launched myself to offer only two models, but the success was overwhelming and many clients asked me for more styles. The emails piled up on the computer and after uploading it to Facebook, orders came pouring in from all over the peninsula.
As a manufacturer, to whom Sensei now sells his blankets 78 stores in Spain and exports to some countries in the Americas that still have Spanish colonies, such as Mexico, Guatemala, Chile or Peru. Their prices range from 65 Euros for a ‘mechanized’ saddle pad to several thousand, if it has one. handmade clothing An embroiderer has to work for about 300 hours by hand.
After running another women’s fashion business in Antequera, Sensi opened her Mantillas store in 2011 and now sells them online and in the same store where she was crowded before last Easter, even with neighbors queuing outside the establishment Was
Cenci, who is currently 52 years old, defends that the origins of the mantilla lie in prehistory, though in Spain. It became very fashionable during the reign of Elizabeth II. During the 19th century. « It was the favorite headdress of the queen and so it was followed by the high aristocracy who wanted to dress as their sovereign. Later, in the late 20th century, it became obsolete as it was considered an outmoded garment. Now, however, it has returned to popularity and is used not only in Holy Week or salidas de gloria (they wear a light mantilla after Easter), but also in fairs, festivals, horse carriages, bullfights, flamenco shows. , is performed for brides at weddings. And bridesmaids…».