Since 1920 Stamperia Bertozzi, in Emilia Romagna, carries on the local tradition of handmade “rust printing” on fabrics, ceramics or leather. In this workshop, located in the historical centre of Gambettola, in the province of Forlì-Cesena, skilled craftsmen carve decorative patterns on pear wood blocks, thus obtaining the printing stamps. The wooden blocks are then soaked with printing dyes: they either use traditional colours derived from ancient recipes handed down through generations, or alternative nuances resulting from their research and the development of innovative and eco-friendly blending, production and fixing processes. This kind of printing is suitable for any kind of surface and is wash -resistant. The decorative patterns are either traditional symbols of Emilia Romangna’s rural world, such as the rooster, the “caveja” (the traditional wrought iron pivot with allegoric decorations, used to hold yokes in place), wheat spikes or grapes, or original floral or decorative motifs designed by the worskhop itself.
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