Welcome to an exciting and unique journey through time in the name of tradition. The workshop Giuditta Brozzetti continues in the footsteps of the long, feminine tradition of producing precious handmade cloths, using ancient, hand-operated looms that recapture medieval patterns and designs.
Giuditta opened the Textile Workshop of Hand Weaving in 1921 to recreate traditional Umbrian textiles, some of the most beautiful damasks of the past. Today, it is one of the last manual weaving workshops in Italy.
Under the entrepreneurial impulse of its founder, the Giuditta Brozzetti Workshop became one of the most well known and most prestigious workshops of traditional, artistic textiles in Italy. Giuditta’s daughter, Eleonora, took over the business in 1957, adding textiles for fashion designers. One of her models won a design award in Milan. For many years, Eleonora was flanked by her daughter, Clara. Following her interest in history and iconography, Clara did considerable research on the Perugia tablecloths and worked on authentic reproductions of these historic textiles.
In 1995 Clara’s daughter, Marta, took over the management of the Giuditta Brozzetti Hand Weaving Workshop – thus ushering in the fourth generation. Marta has since developed a Hand Weaving Workshop which was an idea of her mother, transferred the Workshop to the church of San Francesco delle Donne.
Both four-heddle traditional manual foot-looms and jacquard looms (copyright Vincenzi, 1836) are used to produce the rustic textiles so typical of the rural areas to weave both damasks and Perugian tablecloths. The intricate designs are based on iconographic research done by Giuditta who commissioned the famous wood-engraver, Bruno da Osimo, to make the patterns.
Today, you can visit the Brozzetti website to purchase hand-woven treasures including pillows, curtains, runners, scarfs, pouches, and bookmarks.