Sunday, 19 September 2010

Hand-Stamped Linen

Il Casale
Via dei Pellegrini
Siena


One of the oldest artisan crafts in Romagna, Italy is hand-printed linens. Using hand-carved wood block prints and colors made with natural ingredients, artisans have been making these beautiful linens since the Middle-Ages.

The patterns were inspired by rural life. Grapes, wheat, the rooster, sunflowers were the prevalent regional symbols. Later, the designs were expanded to include motifs from embroideries, architectural friezes and other patterns from different ages. In addition to the traditional rust color, made with iron dioxide (rust), flour, and vinegar, linens are also printed in deep sea blue and earthy dark green, reflecting the tones of the region.













various products made from olive wood....