The Spanish Mantilla

Mantilla Novia NavaThe origin of the mantilla, according to some historians, began in the Iberian era, as some pre-Romanesque figures appear to be wearing the delicate headdress. Another theory states that it comes from the Muslim veil and readily adopted by Mozarabic women.

The mantilla is a popular Spanish garment consisting of an elegant lace veil which enhances the feminine face. The mantilla is the garment that identifies the Spanish woman in the world and also forms part religious and cultural traditions. Formal events such as Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter), the wedding ceremony and the Bullfight have become occasions when women traditionally wear the mantilla.