Vintage Crafts

Once upon a time, the goods necessary for families and households were obtained inside the small universe of the traditional village, through the hard work of all people, from the little ones to the elders. Women wove cloth for blouses, shirts and trousers, wove linens and wool carpets, sewed towels to adorn the icons; men built their own houses, and the most skilful of them could turn the wood into tables, beds, benches, cupboards, looms and dowry chests. In every village there was a carpenter, a blacksmith and a bricklayer, also a saddler or a furrier.

Today, traditional crafts are valued as art forms, but their secrets are less and less known. The number of craftsmen has also decreased considerably, so a farrier or a carpenter no longer serves few streets in the village, but a few villages. Likewise, many of the women who know how to weave and sew have become traditional artisans, tutoring girls and young women in handicrafts.

In the urban environment, traditional crafts gain popularity, artisans being more and more invited to fairs, cultural, marketing and tourism events.