Empowering small villages with an enriching culture and history
Amalia Puga presents Entre Redes – an extraordinary collection rooted in the community of A Guarda, shedding light on their significant traditions of the art of net making.
Evoking emotions, Amalia Puga presents ‘Entre Redes’ – an extraordinary collection rooted in the community of A Guarda, shedding light on their significant traditions of the art of net making carried out by a group of women known as the “redeiras”.
Beautifully designed to narrate stories – her eclectic work effortlessly creates an impact on people’s perception as well as behavior.
Implementing local collaborative solutions, Puga truly enjoys experimenting with materials, harmoniously combining new and traditional techniques to brilliantly craft sustainable products.
She feels especially connected to her place of birth, A Guarda, a small fishing village near the Portuguese coast where – throughout history, work between women has been essential for the economic growth of the town.
“Is it possible to blend craftsmanship and design to help keep the tradition of a small fishing village alive? How can we collaborate to empower women who fight for the future of their work? – Following this thought Entre Redes was born” says Puga.
Seamlessly incorporating the “redeiras” of A Guarda in the design process of a collection of objects – she gracefully fuses the individuality of their artisan techniques with the possibility of innovation.
The resulting products, Bolina and Saia, are deeply inspired by marine objects and tools, handmade with recycled nets from the sea and woven with traditional fishing knots utilized by the netmakers throughout history.
At first, Bolina skillfully incorporates unused fishing rope pieces from the process of net making.
Handwoven by the local women netmakers of A Guarda – this one-of-a-kind chair is entirely joined by traditional fishing knots, leading to an innovative reinterpretation of the technique, yet maintaining the identity of the craft.