The name of this charming design – foglia – means leaf. And the delicate leaves and twig structures of this design conjure, for us, memories of autumn walks in the woods, and the fascination of playing in the fallen leaves as a child.
And to create this fine hand-painted linen napkins, the artisan uses a complex technique called ‘negative printing’. This involves hand-printing the leaf design onto the linen using a wax. They then hand-paint the colour onto the entire fabric before washing the wax out of the fabric to reveal the leaf design that you see here.
Created from the very highest quality, organic, naturally crumpled linen, which is light and soft to the touch, the intricate nature of the design with this wonderfully fine linen together create a feel that is casual yet sophisticated.
“Viewing life as it is, finding the instincts, dreams and longings we share in common,” says Charlotte Hjorth-Rohde, the Danish graphic designer and photographer who created l’heure bleue (the blue hour) design exclusively for AllÓRA.
Charlotte spent months in the workshop of Stamperia Bertozzi, the master artisan print house in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. There, Charlotte was taught the art of hand printing. “It is more than just banging on a block of wood,” explains Charlotte. “It is a feeling that you transmit when you print – each time different. That’s why each piece is unique.”
The Bertozzi family have used traditional printing techniques since 1920, hand-carving blocks of pear wood to produce the stamps they use to print designs onto fabric. They handmix the rich and vibrant colours that you see here – just as they have always done.
Variations in finish or appearance are not considered imperfections, but are the mark of a unique handmade item.
Discover the passion that Stamperia Bertozzi invest in every one of their creations.
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