“Brozzetti Damasks and Fabrics” by Giuditta Brozzetti

In each fabric the thread of a great history: that of  Perugia.

1. What do you create and propose to your customers in your workshop? Damasks and Jacquard weave fabrics for home furnishings made on original 18th and 19th century hand looms. 2. Why are your creations unique? Our workshop has always been distinguished by the faithfulness of designs to the decorative motifs of the glorious medieval and Renaissance Umbrian textile tradition. In addition to traditional pieces, I have recently created an eclectic line, in which stylistic contaminations and novel chromatic combinations allow me to produce exclusive and personalized pieces. 3. What materials do you use and transform? Do you employ any special techniques? All our looms have a cotton warp (the base) on which we weave linen, cotton, silk, cashmere and gold and silver laminate. Various and often different techniques are used even in the same piece. 4. Where did you learn how to do this work and how long have you been doing it? Will you pass your wealth of knowledge and experience on to anybody else? I was taught by one of my mother’s weavers, who later became my partner, but I learned some techniques simply by watching weavers at work. Sixteen years ago I began to acquire my great-grandmother’s heritage and, to safeguard and preserve the knowledge and the iconographic collection gathered during more than ninety years of activity, we decided to transform our workshop into a museum-workshop. 5. In what way does your activity belong to the history and traditions of this city? Umbrian fabrics were already well-known and esteemed in the Middle Ages; they were called “pannili alla perugina” because they were traded in Perugia, a very powerful commune at that time. Used as church ornaments and vestments, they appear in frescoes by Giotto, Sodoma, Ghirlandaio, Lorenzetti and even Leonardo da Vinci, testifying to their great diffusion. 6. What is your personal way of participating in the future of Perugia? By producing up-to-date items with thousand-year-old techniques, that are at the same time imbued with history. 7. What arouses your enthusiasm and what makes you the proudest of what you do? The possibility of creating every day a different piece, always in process of evolution and revision. I have the good fortune to meet people, my customers, who share my passion and, like me, are moved by beauty. 8. What is the greatest emotion that you would like to convey to someone who buys one of your creations? I always say that my creations communicate with my customers. An extremely personal relationship is established between them, dictated by the individual’s sensitivity and his particular state of mind. 9. How would you persuade, in a few words, a customer to enter your workshop? “Cloth is one of the first things manufactured by man. Therefore, this technique is imprinted in the ancestral memory of everyone. A visit to our workshop is like a journey into the past, rediscovering incredibly familiar sensations. Stimulated by sounds, colours and decorations, one passes through centuries of history, gaining possession of an important part of the Italian artisan tradition.” 10. What are your customers’ most frequent comments about your creations? My customers say that my creations transmit great emotions and they are often moved by them. They want to take home one of our masterpieces so that they can enjoy it every day.

Giuditta Brozzetti soc. coop., Via T.Berardi 5/6 – 06123 Perugia Tel.: +39 075/40236 Cell.: +39 348/5102919 www.brozzetti.comemail@brozzetti.com

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