WTI Magazine #43    2014 September, 17Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical backgroundEtna basalt, which is dark grey or blackish in colour, is formed by the slow solidification of the volcanic lava flows as they cool. It is a natural product that is extracted in all the municipalities of the province of Catania within reach o...

  WTI Magazine #66    2015 August, 21Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   The art of papier-mâché in Lecce, a phenomenon unique to Apulia, dates back to a period between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the development of arts was linked to the increasing number of churches and monuments. At this time, the craftsmen of Lecce...

  WTI Magazine #50    2014 December, 26Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Manifattura Arte della Seta Lisio (the Lisio Silk Art Factory) was established in Florence in 1906 by Giuseppe Lisio, a determined and enterprising man from Abruzzo. Trained in the field as a representative of Luigi Osnago di Milan, an important weaving factory th...

WTI Magazine #44    2014 October, 1Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical backgroundThe history of Ferrara's sgraffito ceramics traces its origins to early medieval artefacts from China and the vast areas of the Iranian Plateau, which arrived on Italian soil through maritime trade and commerce with the Orient. The first works exca...

  WTI Magazine #56    2015 March, 20Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   The kilns of Montelupo began producing the first "archaic majolica", decorated with copper and manganese, as far back as the end of the 13th century, subsequently developing this activity over the course of the following century. By the end of the fourteenth century,...

  WTI Magazine #61    2015 May, 29Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   The production of hats in Biella is a tradition that dates back to 1700. As with textiles, this type of activity developed largely because of the mountainous location at the foot of the Alps, which precluded extensive crop cultivation, favouring the breeding and rearin...

  WTI Magazine #69    2015 October, 2Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Starting from the nineteenth century, a ceramics culture develops in the Cuneo province of Monregalese. The manufacturers of silk and woollen cloth for military use govern the area's vibrant economy and trade with neighbouring towns and Liguria. On finding the produ...

  WTI Magazine #45    2014 October, 15Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical BackgroundIt is not so easy to identify the inventor of the bell or the first people to use them. Eastern civilisations began making bells at an early stage. They are included among the most ancient bronze artefacts in China, where they were used to summ...

  WTI Magazine #54    2015 February, 20Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Cremonese luthiery, the art of making bowed and plucked stringed instruments, began in the mid-16th century and soon attracted attention on the international scene, thanks to the work of Andrea Amati and his disciples.   The quality of the instruments made by Cr...

  WTI Magazine #65    2015 July, 24Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   In the 12th century, tapestries and tablecloths were woven in the Umbria area using the French "bird's eye" motif technique. These embroideries were created primarily on fabrics, often for use in a liturgical setting, and featured geometric shapes or stylised animals...