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Borca, Madrid

Borca, Madrid

What to buy here: Shawls.

There’s something romantic and extravagant about an elaborately embroidered shawl. Called mantones de manila, the traditional Spanish shawl gets its name from the port in the Philippines where the Spanish colony exchanged goods from the Far East (despite the fact that the item was actually made in China). First popular in Southern Spain, the garment, known for its intricate embroidery, originally gained fame among flamenco dancers and even mainstream use in everyday life throughout the nation. These days, while shawls remain a flamenco staple, they are not a daily fashion accessory and instead only reserved for more formal occasions. If an embroidered manton is too dressy for you, you may want to take advantage of your trip to the Rastro for fans to also pick up some pashmina-like shawls. At 2-3€ each, you can’t go wrong. They may not be locally produced, but I’m pretty sure your friends back home will be happy to receive them regardless. Price: 49€ - 2500€.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-1:45pm, 4:30pm-8pm; Saturday: 10am-1:45pm.

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Sight Name: Borca
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Shopping
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