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Lagartera (Municipality, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

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Flag of Lagartera - Image by "Dgarcia29", Wikimedia Commons, 9 September 2019

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Presentation of Lagartera

The municipality of Lagartera (1,405 inhabitants in 2018; 8,102 ha; municipal website) is located on the border with the Province of Ávila (Castilla y León), 130 km west of Toledo and 40 km south-west of Talavera de la Reina.

Lagartera was resettled by Mozarab colonists after the reconquest of Toledo by Alfonso VI. The first settled place was the village of Toledillo, which is separated from Lagartera by brook La Chorrera. The Roman road connecting Mérida to Saragosse crossed it via a disappeared bridge, substituted in 1578 by a bigger bridge called Puente Grande (Big Bridge).
Toledilla is, allegedly, a diminutive form of Toledo. The colonists, however, did not come from Toledo but from Córdoba; the Spanish toponym toledillo indeed means "an elevated and rocky place".
Lagartera was part of the Common of the Town and Land of Ávila. In the 14th century, it was granted with its mother town, Oropesa, by Henry II to García Álvarez de Toledo.
Lagartera was granted the title of villa in 1642 by Duarte Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, the 7th Count of Oropesa.

Ivan Sache, 9 September 2019

Symbols of Lagartera

The flag of Lagartera (photo, photo), which does not appear to have been officially registered, is quartered, 1. White with a black embroidery motif, 2. Blue, 3. Crimson red, 4. Yellow with a green fig leaf.

The flag is a banner of the municipal arms, which do not appear to have been officially registered, either.
Lagartera is self-styled "the cradle and capital of embroidery". Documented since the 16th century but of much older origin, embroidery was originally an additional source of income for rural households. Later on, embroidery became the main source of income in the town, with an elaborated network of producers and traders. The town of Acebo (Province of Cacéres, Extremadura) was once famous for its retailers of Lagartera embroidery.
The embroidery tradition, especially the production of tablecloth, is maintained in Lagartera by nine family-owned workshops.

Ivan Sache, 9 September 2019