Published by Edicións Embora the schoolmistress Manuela Santalla’s book “Muíños, fornos e pan de Neda” was presented recently. Her documented work turns around the pre industrial installations moved by the waters of the Belelle: grist mills, of course, but also paper mills, the fabrics factory of Veiga and the power plant of A Fervenza settled by the river.

Craftsmanship and his daughter, industry, with a series of practices and techniques, supposed the creation of the necessary objects to give an answer to the needs of each moment, techniques that were a result of the genius and of the personal peculiarity of the artisan and of the original industrial, authentic reflection of the deeper being of a village, a time and a place.

Therefore, as we cannot lose our language, if we want to keep on being ourselves, we cannot forget the footprints of the craftsmanship and of our first industry, in spite of the collapse of the rural world and of those small villages, the handmade and the industrial ones, that one day configured our reality and our difference.




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