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hand-printed cloth

Since 1600, the longstanding printing house of Marchi di Santarcangelo has been rust printing on fabric, with the same colours, methods and wood blocks, heritage of ancient popular decorative art. The ‘lustro’ is then applied to the fabric with the mangle wheel, made of wood and stones from the seventeenth century, the only one of its size and weight in the world. The printing house March di Santarchangelo is one of the most prestigious places in which makes a unique experience of the local handicraft tradition. Within the Rimini area and its province, there are many workshops, laboratories and shops where one can buy both small and large handcrafted objects. A fine tradition of ceramic art and maiolica decorations survives in Rimini: plates, trays, small jars, votive images and many other unique items. Each shop has its own style, developed with years of work: it is worth going for a look and browsing the shelves. In Montetiffi for example, near Sogliano al Rubicone (FC), clay dishes to cook the legendary piadina romagnola are produced. Within the Rimini area, in the city as well as inland, you can come across some wrought iron craftsmen. By hammering, they create small and large masterpieces, but also projects on request of the client. An opportunity to keep in mind. One of the most famous artisanal products of the area is where we indeed started: rust printing on fabric. Tablecloths, napkins, aprons and curtains, on which images of fruits, roosters, vine leaves and Romagna’s traditional decor stand out. The process of embossing designs onto fabrics is fascinating. The mixture used is obtained with soft oxidised iron, wine vinegar, nitric acid, lead acetate, iron sulphate and white wheat flour. The printing blocks that are immersed and on which various designs are imprinted are usually made of pear wood. In order to bring home a ‘remnant’ of Romagna, one simply needs to step foot into one of the workshops that carry on this tradition. They are in Cesentatico, Gambettola, Forlì, Santarcangelo di Romagna, Santa Sofia, Rimini, Bellaria, Cervia and Riccione. A peculiarity being that in some of these workshops you can still admire the old mangles, tools that were used to ‘iron’ the fabric before proceeding with the decoration. 

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Last update date: 07/09/2016 - 14:20