The Basque Maritime Museum recovers the figure of Juan de Alcega, an illustrious figure from Gipuzkoa that memory has forgotten. He is the author of the first tailoring treaty published in Europe that under the title "Libro de geometria, pratica y traça, el qual trata de lo tocante al officio de sastre" ("Book of geometry, practice and traça, which deals with the subject of the tailor's office"), saw the light for the first time in Madrid in the year 1580 and it was reissued in 1589.
The work is a real manual for the elaboration of the garments of the time, which includes tips to avoid fabric losses and obtain the best performance. Alcega is a worthy representative of the entrepreneurial spirit of the Basque Country that faces the scarcity of resources with knowledge and work, and that sees in other lands and borders spaces of opportunity. Our protagonist also puts in value the textile industry of the time and its trade, which kept the ports of the Basque Country connected by sea routes with Europe and America.
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