Italian printing by hand, since 1920
It was the
early 20s of the ‘900, when Luigi Bertozzi, cabinetmaker from Gambettola, began
to experiment with the preparation of “martial dye”: an anti-anaemic,
rust-colored therapeutic mixture that stains fabrics persistently and whose
origin dates back to ancient Roman times.
It is said that the secret recipe was revealed to the inhabitants of the area by the Centurion Gambectola, former soldier of the X Legio. The elements of the mixture are simple and common: rusty iron, flour, wine vinegar, but the dosage and the way to mix them is punctual and specific and the recipe is jealously guarded. Even today.
Bertozzi workshop was born. Families used to bring here hemp canvases to
embellish with hand printing, and like that on the tablecloths bloomed prints
of rich bunches of grapes, vine leaves, roosters and ears of wheat.
time hemp was widely cultivated in ROMAGNA to obtain the yarn and in every
house there was at least one hand loom. Weft, Warp, shuttle that shuttles, were
words, gestures and sounds which everyone recognized since childhood.
In the ’30s
Luigi participated in the Triennale of Milan, inside the Palazzo dell'Arte, and
opened his creativity to the design and colors of those years. He created his
own archive of original drawings and started collaborations with artists and
designers for dedicated collections.
second half of the’ 60s Pierpaolo transformed the laboratory into a structured
artisan enterprise and opened to sales throughout the national territory.
2000s, Gianluigi has expanded the range of printed materials: silk, kashmir,
leather, porcelain and glass, as well as cotton and linen. With particular
attention to the environmental impact, he developed an exclusive
eco-sustainable finishing technique, powered by renewable energies, which
releases water vapor into the atmosphere.
Stamperia has been on the international market.
for the future?
introduce Italian hand printing to the world and to share with it a culture of
craftsmanship and of more than 5,000 carved wooden blocks.