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Ancient Techniques for Modern Style – Bertozzi Hand Printing

Printing textiles with wood blocks is, since ancient times, a widely used technique for both simple and extremely elaborated designs. Well known are the Indian and Chinese blockprints brought back to their old beauty and diffusion by many Fair Trade Projects around the world.
Even though historically well known through out the world, this textile printing technique is today still widely in use mainly in India.
Nevertheless few excellent examples of this skillful artisanal art remain also in Italy. The Stamperia Bertozzi is indeed one of these. Since 1920 they produce

textiles that tell stories
ancient and charming gestures are renewed today, to create unique and personalized pieces, that identify your home and your style.

This is an effort that not simply results in exceptional products but also in the transmission to future generations of a beautiful technique in between art and crafts.

A Bosalino is Essent’ial

It is always a good thing when big brands do steps towards sustainability. This is why we praise the collaboration between Borsalino and Essent’ial a brand famous for the innovative use of paper, cellulose fibre, cardboard and other materials to create home, office and fashion accessories.

The “Origami” collection, the innovative hats in cellulose fibre, are available in black and white, machine-washable at 30°. They can be created and modelled as you prefer following few easy steps.

Sustainable Udine

Going around Italy it is always a nice surprise to discover places, cities, shops and ateliers where sustainability and slow fashion are strongly considered or even a driving force in product production and buying choices.

The eastern region of Italy, Friuli, is well known for its wines, hard working people and a nice combination of seaside, hills and mountains in less then 200 Km. Udine, in the center of it, is a small city of less then 100.000 inhabitants with a lively university and a good soccer team.

During a nice walk in historical city center, here is what we found:

RECICLarté is a small but interesting shop where every piece is realized from recycled materials exclusively from Italian brands and designers. Among others Mnmur, garbageLAB, Chimajarno, Hibu di Alessandro Acerra, giovanni scafuro. Mostly a selection of accessories for this nice and innovative shop.

In her weaving atelier Arteviva, Liviana Di Giusto and her collaborators, produce hand made fashion and home accessories of exquisite taste and wise manufacture. They have their own creations but work also on custom made products to meet each and everyone’s taste all with beautiful italian yarns.

Cumini is a well known high hand lifestyle multi-brand series of stores in Udine and its surroundings. In Cumini Emporio, their shop dedicated to design among beautiful pieces from Artemide to Normann Copenhagen, from Brionvega to Marimekko there are some amazing baskets and fruit bowls from the dutch Fair Trade Original designed by Piet Hein Heek, oversize recycled tyre baskets by Tadé Pays de Levant, fascinating toys in reclaimed wood by Mook.

a me mi, a very new shop for mums and kids, is indeed a nice surprise for this city. Very interesting ideas in both accessories and clothing all from young artists and artisans many with an important sustainable component. Alienina contemporary fashion accessories from recycled common materials, Les Libellules presents a nice and elegant kids clothes collection in high quality and organic textiles, “Les Monstris” by Ninon and Italian born Berlin based softies maker, vicolopagliacorta with their fashion and home accessories made with “Lego”, Apple computer parts and other unusual materials.

Last but not least is Kobo Shop, famous in town for its fabulous imported books, music, gadgets and accessories. It’s all thanks to Steve, owner, DJ, people enthusiast and friend, if Kobo was and remains a pole of attraction for all design, fashion, textile, music and art addicted in the region. The selection of book on Sustainable Fashion and Textile is so interesting that before the summer 15 copies of Sass Brown’s Eco-Fashion – english version – were sold. Such an important sign considering the absence of fashion or design schools in town except for the Sello art school!

 

Here is how to find them:

Milan Design Week: John Malkovich and Cardato Regenerated CO₂ Neutral

The second event visited for this 2011 Milan Design Week has been the presentation of a few projects installations and products together at the Milan base of the Pecci Contemporary Art Museum of Prato.

The idea was to show the excellence Made in Prato where style and environment are founding criteria. Beside the presentation of a special Design Week issue of Eco_Design, interesting magazine on sustainability, living, design and energy, OpificioJm and Rebecca guested John Malkovich there to present his new clothes collection Technobohemian and a preview of Rebecca by John Malkovich jewellery line.

The ex-industrial space of the Pecci Museum was the prefect setting for different installations dedicated to the “0Km – zero kilometer” design, realized with the products present at OpificioJm.

What was really interesting was the presence of the Prato Chamber or Commerce with their certification label Cardato Regenerated CO₂ Neutral: the first textile products certified “Zero Emission”, outcome of 21 Prato based companies engagement and creativity. The certification can be applied only to really produced fabrics that comply to the following criteria:

  • produced in the Prato Textile District
  • realized with at least 70% of recycled material (clothes or textile industry waste)
  • have cancelled their Carbon Footprint by purchasing Carbon Emission Credits from the Chamber of Commerce.

The estimate is that yearly some 20.000 tons of wool material is recycled in the area giving to Prato practically a world wide monopole in this field. 

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