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Aniello Piacente’s Cammeo - Artisan

Aniello Piacente’s Cammeo - Artisan

The creation of cameo requires ancient instruments and techniques. Firstly, the artisan works the shell from which they obtain the cameo. Then, they burn and carve it with great precision. 

  Country:  Italy

  Category:  Textile


Artist sculpts 80-pound art piece from a 1200 pounds marble

Artist sculpts 80-pound art piece from a 1200 pounds marble

An example of a sculpture created by an artist using a marble piece from Carrara. He delicately and patiently cuts, shapes and polishes the marble until he obtains the sculpture. 

  Country:  Carrara (Tuscany), Italy

  Category:  Marble, stone and plaster


Artistic manufacturing of the wood

Artistic manufacturing of the wood

The video shows the manufacturing of the wood by the artisan Francesco Bartolucci. The artisan works and shapes the wood from an initial block of wood. All the items have high quality craftsmanship, because they are all entirely handmade and hand-painted.

  Country:  Marche, Italy

  Category:  Wood


Berti knives manufacturing

Berti knives manufacturing

The video shows the technique used by artisans to produce a handmade knife. The artisans work the metal when is still hot and then they give the shape; finally, they work the wood in order to make the handle and they assemble them.  

  Country:  Florence, Italy

  Category:  Metal and ironwork


Capitonnè: how to do it?

Capitonnè: how to do it?

The capitonné is an embellishment that makes the surface of the sofa, an armchair or something else, pleasantly undulating, enhancing the softness of the upholstery. Through the use of technical tools used by artisans for the production of capitonné, a series of buttons are applied equidistantly on the covering, recreating a series of “pillows” placed side by side. 

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  Category:  Fur and skin


Fazioli promo: Inside a Dream

Fazioli promo: Inside a Dream

This video shows the ability of the piano artisans by the Fazioli Industry, based in Veneto, Italy. Every piano is handmade and require more than 30 months of work to be completed. The video shows the entire process of work, from the assembly of different pieces to the final step of painting and polishing the wood.


  Country:  Veneto, Italy

  Category:  Musical instruments


Handmade Straw Hat

Handmade Straw Hat

Straw hats were originally used by field workers to protect themselves from sunlight. Usually it was made by girls as a game and by women to contribute to family budget.
They could be made of straw, rafia or “rascello” to create different shapes of hats in various colours. 
Marcella Bitossi is an anrtisan in Montelupo Fiorentino who makes straw hats with different types of weavings: smooth, perforated, striped, checkered or rhombus-shaped.
The video shows the manufacturing of straw hats in small and medium enterprises of Fermo, Italy. The hats are made starting from a small braid of straw and then interlaced together.  

  Country:  Marche, Italy

  Category:  Vegetable fibres


How to work corals in Trapani

How to work corals in Trapani

The video shows the manufacturing of corals, from which it is possible to obtain different kind of jewels: necklaces, bracelets or earrings. The coral is worked with small tools, in order to give them different shapes: flowers or leafs. 

  Country:  Sicily, Italy

  Category:  Textile


Leather manufacturing in Florence

Leather manufacturing in Florence

The video shows the work of an Italian shoemaker, during the realisation of tailored shoes. The shoes are made entirely with leather and requires different phases of work: the cut of the leather, the shape of the shoes, the finishing touch and the decoration. 

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  Category:  Fur and skin


Manufacturing in wrought-iron

Manufacturing in wrought-iron

The video shows the manufacturing of the iron from the initial phase. The artisans work the iron when it is still hot, after firing inside the oven. They give the shape to the iron using the hammer and other specific instruments. Finally, the pieces are put together in order to create different shapes and items. 

  Country:  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

  Category:  Metal and ironwork


Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

The video shows the different stages of production of the famous and precious "Teste di Moro", a typical piece of Sicilian handcraft. The process consists in different steps: the first step consists in giving shape to the creation and this happens through two important steps: turning and modelling. The second step is the drying: each piece after taking shape is left to expel all the water contained in the clay and when it is completely dry it will pass to the first firing in the oven for about 13 hours. After the first firing, all the pieces are painted and retouched by taking a white colour. Once the painting is finished, the pieces are ready to pass into the hands of the decorators, who will give colour and style to the creation. The last step is the second firing in the oven and it is the most important phase where everything acquires brightness, thus enhancing colours and shapes.

  Country:  Sicily, Italy

  Category:  Glass, ceramic and pottery


Manufacturing of Cantù Lace

Manufacturing of Cantù Lace

Cantù lace is candidate to be included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Cultural Heritage. The video shows the great art and technique behind the realization of the doily lace, using the typical linstrument called “bobbin lace”. The artisans realize different motif to decorate textiles, interlacing the threads one at a time.

  Country:  Cantù (Lombardy), Italy

  Category:  Textile


Manufacturing of Sardinian Masks

Manufacturing of Sardinian Masks

The video shows the manufacturing of the typical Sardinian Mask, very popular in all the region for its use during the Carnival. The material used for the traditional mask is the wood. The artisans traditionally use pear wood. The incision of the mask is usually made during the winter: the trunk is left to mature away from light and humidity, from 3 to 6 months. Then, the artisans shape and smooth the mask. Finally, the finishing touches are made: the decorative symbols are chosen and the carvings are made.

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  Category:  Wood


Manufacturing of the violin "il cremonese" by Stefano Marzi

Manufacturing of the violin "il cremonese" by Stefano Marzi

The video shows the ancient art of lutist. The violin is made with spruce wood which is considered the best one for instruments. The maple wood is used for the handle and the bottom. For other parts of the violin, the artisans use willow wood or ebony. The wood is worked with great ability and finally inlaid. The final step consists in the painting and polishing of the instrument.

  Country:  Cremona (Lombardy), Italy

  Category:  Musical instruments


Manufacturing of “Pupi Siciliani” – Sicilian puppets, by Francesco Salamanca

Manufacturing of “Pupi Siciliani” – Sicilian puppets, by Francesco Salamanca

Francesco Salamanca and his wife open the door of their workshop to show how Sicilian puppets are done: the puppets are made of wood and dressed of homemade tailored costumes. Every puppet is the result of a process of woodworking and decorated with painting.


  Country:  Sicily, Italy

  Category:  Others


Murano Fornace Colleoni, Manufacturing of glass

Murano Fornace Colleoni, Manufacturing of glass

Murano’s glass is very popular across all the world as high quality craftsmanship. The Glass Art as we know it today evolves in Murano between 15th and 19th century. The process to make this kind of glass is very difficult and for several years Murano’s glazier masters have had the monopoly on glass making secrets. The glass is made of sand or raw glass and it is worked when still hot: the artisan has to work it immediately after the firing in the oven to shape it. There are various manufacturing techniques used during centuries to create different types of art glasses: glass blowing, aventurine, crystal, filigree glass, milkwhite glass and many others. The glazier masters realize different shape in order to create glasses, plates or items and paint the glass with different colours.
The video shows the manufacturing of the glass by the artisans of Murano from the local shop "Fornace Colleoni".

  Country:  Veneto, Italy

  Category:  Glass, ceramic and pottery


The Art of Mosaic

The Art of Mosaic

The video shows one of the most important school of mosaic artisans in the world. The first step in order to create a mosaic is to draw the pattern that the mosaic should have. Then, the mosaic artist need to choose the right material and stones. By breaking the different pieces of stones, the artisans obtain these small tiles that will compose the mosaic. The tiles are then covered with different colours and put together in order to create the pattern.

  Country:  Spilinbergo (Friuli Venezia-Giulia), Italy

  Category:  Marble, stone and plaster


The Handmade Papermaking From Fabriano

The Handmade Papermaking From Fabriano

Sandro Tiberi from Fabriano shows the handmade papermaking. Firstly, thepaper is dipped in water and cellulose of cotton that is necessary to weave the fibers. Then, the paper needs some hours of rest. 

  Country:  Fabriano, Marche, Italy

  Category:  Others


The tradition of Sardinian carpet in the clothing lab of Prof. Cannas di Addis

The tradition of Sardinian carpet in the clothing lab of Prof. Cannas di Addis

The video shows the great ability of Sardinian artisans, making handmade carpets with wool, especially from sheep, cotton or linen.

The weaving is done on the traditional manual loom using different techniques and patterns: from geometrical patterns to the flowers ones.

Just as in the past, the carpets are made of sheep's wool and dyed with plant products such as flowers, bark, roots and leaves of the local vegetation.


  Country:  Sardinia, Italy

  Category:  Textile


Venetian Masks

Venetian Masks

Venetian Masks are handmade and made of papier-mache or  gypsum according to the ancient venetian artisan tradition from 1300. As in the past, after resting for at least 24 hours, the masks are decorated with different materials as ribbon, stones and gems. In origin masks were used not only at Carnival parties but also during the rest of the year. They were an effective way to remove all kind of social diversities, so everyone could act without judgment. Over the years wearing masks in Venice has been relegated at Mardi Gras and today it represents a traditional symbol for the city. 
Artisans create masks to wear and as collectibles, the difference between them is in the durability: collector’s masks are more heavy and they are processed to last over time.
In Venice there are shops which still produce handmade traditional masks, some examples are “Atelier Marega” and “Gli Amici di Pierrot”.

  Country:  Venice, Italy

  Category:  Vegetable fibres