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 #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 #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 for girls' dowries and was woven a...

  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...

  WTI Magazine #84    2016 October 17Author : UNIONCAMERE      Translation by:   Textile weaving with vegetable fibres (especially silk) and wool has been a fundamentally important activity in the Piceno area for centuries. Almost all rural homes had at least one loom, around which the women would be engaged in spinning, warping, weaving, tailor...

  WTI Magazine #51    2015 January, 9Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical backgroundAt the heart of the local jewellery industry's success lies more than a hundred years of tradition. It is enough to know that the first written evidence of the importance of this sector in the province dates back to the early 14th century, with...

  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 #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...