This piece was started several years ago, still within the resulting project of the Artist in Residence program "Maus Hábitos", in the city of Porto, in which the artist, once in Portugal, sought to study the traditional embroidery of the north of that country, and incorporate some aspects of this practice in his artistic production. Here the work began with an industrial piece, probably made in China, India or Pakistan, that reproduces almost in a caricatural way a typical, almost folkloric, Portuguese female costume, which is sold in mass souvenir shops. Alongside the industrial embroidery that mimics a type of traditional Portuguese handmade embroidery, the artist embroidered by hand a drawing of an Israeli AR-15 rifle, widely used by drug dealers in Rio de Janeiro.
Fábio Carvalho's current art work attempts to propose a reflection on gender stereotypes and expectations, by overlapping clichés of the "ideal" masculinity , like the military, muscular athlete, the cowboy, the handyman, with elements and labors traditionally assigned to the female world, like floral decorative patterns, porcelain tableware, flowers and butterflies, embroidery and lacework. With his production, the artist seeks to question the common sense that strength and fragility, virility and poetry, masculinity and vulnerability cannot coexist, and remember that what seems eternal and definitive, are actually cultural agreements in time and space.