Ravenna. Traditional embroidery
Province of Ravenna
In the Lamone Valley, on particular in Brisighella and Fognano, the art of embroidery has been thriving especially between the beginning of the past century and the Second World War.
The most famous schools, where refined and skills embroiderers were trained, were managed by the Valvassori sisters in Brisighella. They also worked for the Royal Family following the drawings of the famous lithographer Giuseppe Ugonia. In Fognano a famous school was managed by the nuns of the Emiliani boarding.
Woman, once they learned the "art", started working at home, with the candle light until late in the night, to increase their low income. They manufactured beautiful pieces both for soft furnishings and for sacred ornaments.
Over the past few year, there has been a great interest in this old tradition, so that in 1989 the Association “C’era una volta il ricamo” was set up with the objective to promote and spread the knowledge of this technique in the area of Brisighella and the Lamone Valley.
Historical research aims at promoting tradition, by respecting basic guidelines and techniques so that they can meet today's needs.
Techniques comprise hand or loom embroidery, the use of all ornate stitches, drawn thread works, hardanger, blackwork embroidery with monochrome and polychrome threads, embroidery on tulle and velvet.
The manufacturing of needle laces has been promoted, as well. We can mention various kinds such as: openwork, Aemilia-ars, the review and creation of decorative and geometric pattern to manufacture original products, also using ancient laces.
The range of products comprises bedspreads, sheets, towels for soft furnishing, drapes, pillows, doilies, lampshades, ceremony and baptism outfit, nightdresses, small pieces for ceremonies. Recently, velvet medieval dresses have been manufactured.