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...

  WTI Magazine #42    2014 September, 3Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical backgroundThe art of steelmaking in Molise can be traced back to the 15th century, when the primary purpose of this work was the production of weapons. At that time, Count Nicola di Monforte brought blacksmiths from abroad, particularly France, to produ...

  WTI Magazine #81    2016 July 15Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   The production of artistic ceramics in the province of Reggio Calabria and, more broadly, across the whole region, is one of the most ancient and upcoming local traditions. Thanks to the perseverance of skilled ceramists, coupled with the resourcefulness of capable you...

  WTI Magazine #77    2016 March 18Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Ceramics have been made in Nove for three hundred years, and in fact this artistic endeavour owes its success to a favourable conjunction of political, economical and environmental factors. The oldest and most illustrious manufacturers sprang up along the Isacchina ca...