We visited this factory during our recent trip to the Monsaraz area and were amazed by its authenticity. Recognized by the New York Times as one of only three original secular wool handicrafts to still exist in Europe, the Fábrica Alentejana de Lanifícios (Wool Factory of Alentejo) is one of the most recognized and prized wool factories in the country.
Dutch designer Mizette Nielsen discovered and restored the factory, producing generations-old patterns combined with brand new designs. Traditionally the blankets were used as “mantegas”, waterproof wool garments worn by shepherds. Now, these textiles not only serve as blankets but also as rugs, upholstery, or fashion textiles. Some of their products are also sold under the Kenzo Home label after fashion designer Kenzo Takada visited the factory some years ago.