Barcelos is a small town in northern Portugal. It is in this city that a legend was born around a pilgrim and a rooster, which later became the symbol of the city and then the symbol of Portugal. This national symbol is called today the Rooster of Barcelos or the Galo de Barcelos or the Portuguese Rooster.
The black pottery of Bisalhães is unique in the world, has existed for more than 5 centuries and yet it is dying out. UNESCO has become aware of this and has just inscribed their manufacturing process on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.
Júlia Cotà is today one of the greatest living representatives of the "Barcelos Figurado", an artistic part of Portuguese popular culture. Are her creations crafts or are they naive art?