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 for girls' dowries and was woven a...

  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...

  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 #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...