WTI Magazine #38    2014 July, 9Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical Background   For centuries, porcelain was an exotic material imported from China, as its composition and manufacturing techniques remained unknown in Europe. From 1585 to 1610, Francesco I de' Medici financed the production of a pseudo-porcelain in Florenc...

  WTI Magazine #64    2015 July, 10Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   In the area that is today Friuli Venezia-Giulia, since ancient times, various populations such as the Euganeans and Venetians have contributed to the development of metal crafts and metal processing. Jewellery making is the barbarian art par excellence. The filigree a...

  WTI Magazine #60    2015 May, 15Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   The iron age came after the stone and bronze ages and dates back to 1000 BC. The use of iron spread more slowly, however, because it was only understood much later that the molten mass obtained in the first stone furnaces needed to be heated again to produce the pliabl...

  WTI Magazine #71    2015 October, 30Author : Camera di Commercio di Pisa with Unioncamere      Translation by:   Tanning was one of the earliest human activities. The first evidence of leather being used for clothes, sandals or the creation of objects such as water containers and boats comes from the writings of the Sumerians. The art of tanni...

  WTI Magazine #49    2014 December, 10Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical backgroundThe ancestor of the accordion was the "tcheng" or "sheng", an ancient instrument from China and other Southeast Asian countries dating back 4,500 years in time.The "tcheng" was the first instrument to use free reeds, the principle on which the...

  WTI Magazine #79    2016 May 13Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   The name velvet comes from the Latin "vellus", due to the characteristic dense pile on the right side of the fabric. Originally produced in the East, its use spread among the wealthier classes of the West in the 13th century. Velvet began to be produced in Italy in the...

  WTI Magazine #36    2014 June, 25Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical background   The art of the Florentine goldsmiths dates back to the 12th-13th century and covers a range of techniques, such as open work, burin engraving, chasing, "niello", damascening, "cesoro", soldering, cuttlebone casting, crucible casting, and foil...

WTI Magazine #58    2015 April, 17Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   In the Oristano area, as in many Sardinian towns, the craft of weaving has always been the prerogative of women, at first mostly for domestic purposes and later as a business activity. The first type of production was mainly to provide fo...

  WTI Magazine #46    2014 October, 29Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical BackgroundThe manufacture of ceramics in Oristano is linked to the geological characteristics of the area. The city is located between two large ponds near the mouth of the Tirso, where the clay component of the soil has provided the raw material for the...

  WTI Magazine #74    2015 December 11Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Naples has always been a place of strong contrasts, so it is only natural that nativity scenes, the extraordinary "product" of the local artisan production, would become embroiled in this and become the basis on which all these contradictions miraculously converge...