WEAVING, LACE AND EMBROIDERY
Find out about the tradition of textiles and embroidery in Umbria
Weaving and working with fabrics has always been a very popular activity all over Umbria, and a wide variety of types and techniques have always been found here. Much of this activity can date it origins to the XII century. Hand-woven textiles, like table cloths and napkins, were a very successful enterprise and over time these items became famous all over Europe thanks to the specialised techniques used and the original decorations they were graced with.
It won't surprise you to learn that this rich and ancient tradition has not been by any means forgotten, on the contrary, since the beginning of the 1900s these fine handcrafted products once again ranked among the many excellences made by Umbria.
As you travel through the region you will find a great many workshops where they still use the old techniques and equipment, like the late 1800s Jacquard loom, to handcraft fine fabrics today.Each different type will teach you something of this special talent: in Perugia they still weave fabrics that bear the city's Grifo, or gryphon, symbol and geometric Renaissance patterns; in Città di Castello and Montefalco fine hand-woven fabrics are made; in Panicale they still practice embroidery on tulle, which was introduced in the early 1900s; and in Assisi they have the Assisi Point, which the sisters of St. Claire were already making in the 1200s, a heritage they say was left to them by the Copts. The embroidery to be found in Orvieto reached its apex with Ars Wetana, which local aristocrats introduced there in 1907. You will get to know the enduring beauty and elegance of ancient styles which are, at the same time, also quite modern.