WTI Magazine #34    2014 June, 11Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical backgroundThe period furniture tradition in Verona dates back to 1400, with the first artistic woodworking and inlaying, such as the precious inlaid wood choir of Santa Maria in Organo (VR) by the Olivetan monk Fra Giovanni.  

  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...

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...