Kitchen apron with bib and pockets of high craftsmanship in pure linen with ancient hand-printed art design, available in three variants, unique piece of Italian quality.
Since 1633 art, history, passion, tradition, manual skills animate this laboratory of hand prints on natural fabrics.
Each item, created strictly by hand in our printing house, is unique.
The various processing phases have been the same for 387 years, including the manganatura (ironing and pressing of the fabric) which is still performed with the Mangano of 1633, the only example in the world.
Each item requires working days and the various phases include:
- Choice of fabric: the 100% natural fabrics used are selected after a careful evaluation, taking into consideration the quality and resistance over time even after numerous washes.
- Washing: the fabric is washed and dried naturally.
- Cut: the fabric is cut by hand to the size and shape of the article to be created.
- Manganatura: this phase is carried out with the mangle of 1633 in order to iron, compact and press the fabric, so that at the time of printing the color will be fully absorbed by the fabric and the design will be homogeneous.
- Mark the outlines: with a chalk pencil the outlines and edges in which the drawing will be shown are outlined.
- Preparation of the color: as per the recipe of the 1600s, the colors are produced manually using natural ingredients that give unique and lively shades, while guaranteeing an optimal yield and maximum resistance. The primary colors prepared are: rust, blue, green, red.
- Hand printing: great skill for this phase that takes place by hand with wooden molds in which the design was engraved by hand. The color is spread on the pad where the mold is dipped, which is then positioned on the fabric and with a heavy wooden mallet it is beaten over the mold to impress the design on the fabric.
- Color drying: after printing, the fabric is laid out to dry for a few days.
- Fixing of the color: another important phase to guarantee the duration of the color and maintain its brilliance over time.
- Ironing with the mangle: second phase of ironing the fabric necessary for the preparation for the next phase, that of packaging and sewing.
- Sewing: in this phase all hemmings and finishing are performed.
- Last ironing with the mangle: the article is ready to be used.
The whole manufacturing process, being carried out as in 1633, is naturally low environmental impact, eco-sustainable, because energy consumption is reduced to a minimum.
Each creation is to be considered a true work of art, unique and unrepeatable in its kind.
Manual processing at all stages of production makes every single item unique and every small detail that might seem like an imperfection, shows that the work was performed by a master craftsman and not by a machine.
- Fabric: 100% linen
- Dimensions: 70 x 90 cm.
- 3 possible prints available: Blue, with ancient Pomegranate design, a symbol of abundance and prosperity; Rust, with ancient traditional bird design pecking grapes; Blue, with an ancient design of the Malatesta love knot (an Italian feudal family that marks the history of the territory), a symbol of their indissoluble bond.
- Washing instructions: You can machine wash. The item will be shipped with detailed washing instructions.
NB = Once you have chosen the desired print, you can also buy the tea towel and / or pot holders for a unique and valuable kit.