10 Mar '21 | textile art
Silk-printing in the Como area dates back to the end of the past century (around 1880). At first, it was carried out on some 65-feet-long tables, where pieces of fabric were laid down and printed with incised blocks of pear-wood, sometimes reinforced with engraved brass plates reproducing the motif. At times they were heavier and made of tin or lead. The blocks were duly passed in a colour medium according to the palette of the composition, initially executed on grease-proof paper. The blocks, whose number depended upon the number of shades (up to 20), were patiently and thoroughly pressed one by one against the fabric. Though simple, this hand-printing technique gave remarkable results for colour brightness.
04 Feb '21 | Lifestyle
This week we are pleased to interview one of Fumagalli friends and lover. His name is David Venegas , born in Seville the capital of Andalusia, he managed an hotel in the beautiful setting of Djerba, Tunisia, and he has a interesting blog. Family, travel, sport and elegance are his passions and he spends his life always searching for happiness, respecting others.
"Since I was little I liked to look at the clothes of those elegant men who appeared in the movies, from the oldest like Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca", to those of Agent 007, James Bond. Also my parents raised me from a young age on the need to always look good in a neat manner. I remember I really loved seeing my father's collection of ties in his dressing room as he tied his tie every morning in front of the mirror."
Photo by David Venegas
19 mar '20 | textile art
Now let’s fly to Ireland, considered, in combination with Scotland, the home of tweed. Tweed emerged is Scotland and Ireland as a work suit, as a way for the farmers to battle the chilly climate that characterizes those lands. Only during the nineteenth century the wearing of tweed become a gentleman’s way of dressing.The homeland of Irish tweed is the county of Donegal, where even today it weaves on wooden looms. Donegal is a fabric with carded and buttoned weft yarn and semi-combed in the warp.
Weft and warp in donegal are dyed in various tints, in fact donegal provides for the insertion of threads with bold colours.The characteristics of Donegal are the rough surface and the sandblasted appearance, mottled in different colors, with many wool particles, called "buttons" coloured on the surface and the sweet hand.
Its colours in ancient times also indicated the social status of its wearer: kings could use up to seven colours, poets and bards six, warriors three and servants one. The colours had different origins: green came from heather, brown from peat, dark red from lichen scratched off rocks, purple from myrtle.In antiquity considered a winter fabric it was mostly used for jackets and sports suits
18 mar '20 | textile art
Melange yarn seems to have French origins, probably related to embroidery and needles. The embroidery art is now mostly widespread among women but is well known that in the past was a man occupation.The melange yarn is usually composed by 2,3 or 4 threads and every yarn is paired with other two twisted. In silk we usually couple two yarns. Different fibers proportion in the blend modify the melange yarn uniqueness. Being a different colours blend, the beauty of these yarns is that they crate different and never regular nuances in the final fabric. The best features and the uniqueness of this fabric are expressed through spotted games and effects.Melange is a chromatic effect that is created mixing different colour fibres during the wick formation process. On the texture surface is defined a chromatic effect whereby different colour blend to each other.