“Teresa Gameiro is a Portuguese brand that combines tradition with contemporaneity. The brand explores the potential of textile recycling and the recovery of raw materials and local know-how to create ecologically sustainable products with an emphasis on quality and design.
By combining weaving with textile recycling, Teresa Gameiro works closely with weavers of Leiria, Fatima region, who are the last members of a generation of family weavers, supporting and promoting the textile production and the creation of local employment.” (Teresa Gameiro)
Purpose & Mission
“As a designer, I believe we have a social responsibility to choose sustainable materials to make products that last a lifetime. By choosing to use the processes and textile craftsmanship learnt by our ancestors, I believe we can continue the Portuguese legacy and create opportunities to make beautiful products, to fall in love with. Our citizens have the unique opportunity to enjoy a product made with old values and new eco-friendly sensitivities, beautifully capturing the balance we are all hoping to achieve in life. A mixture of old and new, beauty and consciousness.” (Teresa Gameiro)
Location of Creation or Assembly
Made in Estremadura, Portugal
Atelier — Fontes, Leiria
“The basis of the brand is textile recycling. We use textile waste from the Portuguese textile and manufacturing industry, as well as second hand clothing in personalised orders.
Prolonging the life of a piece of clothing, of a fabric, is part of our values. In the home textile line, we do not use materials from plastics. In accessories, we use other materials such as leather with vegetable tanning, waterproof tarpaulins, jute and wool. We believe the duration of a product is the most important value that we can follow for better balance.
The weaving is made in Portugal, with cotton spun yarn. The leather we use is from Alcanena, Portugal. All the process is made in the Estremadura area.” (Teresa Gameiro)
Method of Creation
“The entire design and production process of each piece is focused on achieving the most beautiful details and is divided into three phases:
I, being the designer, collect textile waste from the Portuguese textile and manufacturing industry selecting the best textures, colours and fibres. After having all the pantones and mood boards planned, I develop the prototypes and add finishing touches on the model's construction. The second phase involves cutting all the waste with scissors, making a “bagoxo” (fabric roll) and organising them in colours and textures. The third and last phase of design and production includes a close relationship with the weavers, located all over the region, where I follow the entire weaving process ensuring that the fabrics are being made in the best way and with precise finishes.
There is an exchange of knowledge throughout the process. When the fabrics are ready, the final touches are made at the Teresa Gameiro studio or at local family run businesses (for accessories).” (Teresa Gameiro)
Use & Maintenance
“Accessories with leather : Use wax for the vegetable leather
Textiles for Home: Do not dry-clean. Do not tumble dry. Washing machine 30ºC max.” (Teresa Gameiro)