"… Craft can only survive if it finds a natural application and if it finds a market. If craft does not reinvent itself, it dies.
That's why we constantly re-design [things] and try find new applications and new ideas all the time, because that's what keeps craft alive."

Queen Saint Isabel and the Legend of Jans
Among several passengers, Amieira barge may have transported the dead body of the Infanta from Aragão who got married with King Dinis, after her death being canonized and known as Queen Saint Isabel. After her dead in Estremoz and being buried in Coimbra, she was conducted through the path starting in Amieira and finishing at the Tagus margin, wearing a dress made of linen weaved by the Jans, name given to the invisible women who weaved very thin linen and with no knots. A legend from this region says that when wishing to have a piece of tissue weaved by those fairies, one should leave the linen at night together with a wheat flour cake baking in the fireplace. After finishing their work the fairies disappear mysteriously taking away with them such delicacy.

It is in the lands of the Northern Alentejo region, in Barca d'Amieira, that is located the "Herdade das Jans" on the shores of an unknown River Tejo (in English Tagus), very different from the river we see flowing into the wide estuary that bathes Lisbon's shoreline.

" The Alentejo is situated in the south of Portugal, between the River Tagus (Tejo) and the Algarve, being . To the west it is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. It is an extensive region, essentially rural and thinly populated, occupying a third of the whole of continental Portugal. The beauty of its landscapes and the quality of its archaeological, monumental, architectural and ethnographic heritage and, par excellence, its gastronomy and wines, provide it with exceptional legacies to be discovered through nature tourism and cultural tourism.
The Alentejo it's an open space that appears to have no end. It is colours and smells that burst from the earth. It is the unmistakeable outline of rural architecture, present in the "montes" (farm complexes) of the great estates, in the oldest rows of houses in the cities, towns and villages or in the chapels, which paint with white the tops of hills.
But the rural quality of the Alentejo of the 21st century is not exhausted in simply "country matters". Through the not always positive changing fortunes of its history, this Region has preserved what today confers on it a value full of future promise: the smallness and environmental quality of its urban centres, the human scale, the silence, the peacefulness, the freedom, the freshness of the air we breathe. It is time. A way that is so peculiar of understanding time, making us feel under our skins that, finally, it is possible to live time in this dizzying world, allowing it to be exactly what it is: the most precious of our possessions. "
Source: Turismo de Portugal

JANS concept - Having as guiding line the name/brand ISILDA PELICANO fashion designer and mentor of the project, JANS is a concept that translates a style, an image, a product, a lifestyle that can be identified with the designer, reflecting an aesthetic sensitivity where simplicity, elegance, design, well-being, beauty and respect for nature live in harmony. These principles will be translated through: a CONCEPT, transversal to all activities and which will be the guiding line for all initiatives; a SPACE, the "Herdade das Jans", with its agricultural/forestry exploration and the Rural Area/Nature Tourism hotel; a BRAND, "JANS", which identifies and realizes the concept whilst, and above all, translating a passion for "things" and for "arts" of nature - a long-time dream and passion - for creating artisanal gourmet , textiles, cork and ceramic products.
The connection to the land, the work performed by successive generations, the focus on design, quality and innovation are at the base of the brand's positioning and essence.
Passion for nature.. www.jansconcept.pt
JANS studio contemporary craft. At Herdade das Jans life goes by slowly, the know-how, dedication, recipes, all is passed from one generation to another, originating excellent products created by new and dedicated artisans who place their know-how built up over time, craftsmanship and tradition at the service of new generations.
JANS studio objects are created by invited artists and designers – the new artisans – that seek inspiration in local artisanal techniques and in ancestral know-how. The objects mirror the personality of each creator, a common aesthetic view, equal principles and the innovation in the manipulation of natural materials, leading to the creation of contemporary pieces which capture the essence of the Northern Alentejo region, recognized by their origin, authenticity and ancestral knowledge, respecting the environment, land and men, diffusing the essence of the brand: Passion for nature. www.jansstudio.pt

JANS studio presents only limited editions or unique objects


IADE – Creative University , Instituto de Arte, Design e Empresa – Universitário www.iade.pt
Museu do Bordado e do Barro de Nisa www.museubordadoebarro.cm-nisa.pt

Isilda Pelicano's approach to design, craftsmanship and life, combined with the establishment of protocols with "IADE- Creative University " and Nisa's Museum of Embroidery and Clay ( "Museu do Bordado e do Barro"), aim to foster a creative dialogue between the local artisans, a leading Design school and a Museum that represents traditional know-how, namely the Felt appliqué technique; this is an asset to the formation of training and production ateliers dedicated to textiles.
The production of contemporary cork pieces is a strong focus of this project, alongside inviting renowned and upcoming ceramic artists to create collections that emulate the Alentejo's pottery tradition with a modern design twist.
"A closer look"
by Mário Príncipe, photographer

The felt appliqué technique, typical of Nisa, is one of the oldest forms of embroidery, with a strong connection to the wool production centres. Nisa experiences this influence, seeing as the sale of wool and cloth from this area was a long established practice in the markets. They can be handmade, but they are also often made using a sewing machine; several pieces of felt were aligned and laid over a sheet of tracing paper, containing the design, then the fabric is carefully cut outside the stitches to produce an embossed piece.
In a fluid movement of confusing silence, matter organises itself.
The elements' dance illuminates the profound substance of night.
Drops of quartz on the skin draw the white lips of the wind.
Here too the marriage of earth and fire was celebrated.
Hands surrender to the ancestral gestures that shaped clay, and coated it
with a fine cloak cut out in stone.
Ceramics with deep roots,
it is not hard to understand that it remains a source of inspiration over generations.
Guest Designer JOÃO SECO
One of Nature's most extraordinary products.
Cork is the bark of the cork oak (Quercus Suber L.), which means that it is 100% natural plant tissue, it is completely biodegradable, renewable and recyclable.
Cork has unique properties that no technology is able to emulate.
Cork has remarkable appeal, the natural texture of cork combines softness and flexibility to the touch.
Cork a source of life.
*The origins of the use of cork are lost in time, leveraged by different civilizations who, thousands of years before Christ, discovered the potential of this natural raw material
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