A project in collaboration with the “redeiras” of A Guarda

2019-2021, Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering

Is it possible to combine craftmanship and design to help keep the tradition of a small fishing village alive?

How can we collaborate to empower a group of women who fight for the future of their work?

“Entre Redes” takes place in my hometown A Guarda, a small fishing village in Galicia, near the Portuguese coast. A place where throughout history, local collaborative work between women has been essential for the economical growth of the town. 


The redeiras are a collective of women netmakers traditional from Galicia, who are currently in danger of extinguishment. In order to pass on their profession to newer generations, they must innovate and diversify their work, but always maintaining the origin and identity of their tradition.

“Entre redes” aims to incorporate this collective of women netmakers in the design process of a product, combining the individuality of their artisan techniques with the possibilities of design and innovation. My objective is to revalue the art of netmaking, and encourage collaborative work between women.

Each fishing rope is composed of fine lead chains that give the weight to the rope. From this existing rope system, I proposed to replace the chain by a metal steel bar, which would allow to mold and transform the material, creating shapes that could be applied to countless products.

Bolina, handmade by local redeiras, represents the magic of craftmanship, of those objects which tell a story, due to the individuality and emotion with which they are made.

It incorporates a group of women in danger of extinguishment and offers them an opportunity to innovate from their
knowledge, traditions and tools.