The ancient history of the casentino fabric, already known since Etruscan and Roman times, has been rediscovered by Forza Giovane.
Transported by fabric canvas by the meter in rolls, on sweaters and on pieces of clothing already cut.
A story that has truly dated origins, indeed it would seem that this traditional process has already existed since Etruscan and Roman times. Subsequently, at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the last century, the casentino region developed at an industrial level with the woolen mills of Tuscany, in the towns of Stia and Soci. In fact, are still linked to this type of activity, indeed in the early 1900s, there were many workers employed precisely for this traditional technique.
Today the Casentino is also used for haute couture by famous designers all over the world. Textile craftsmanship is also appreciated by young designers who are looking for something traditional but at the same time can be an interesting proposition.
At Forza Giovane, we do our best to maintain traditions, especially Italian ones that are still in vogue with today’s times. We are involved in high fashion and use this technique to do justice to elaborate and beautiful garments.
This ancient buckle, is worked by the artisan and productive hands of Forza Giovane, even in small portions of garments, to give greater prominence to this detail on the finished garment.
Forza Giovane, creates aesthetic value with the coat but in the old casentino it was used as thermal insulation and kept the body sweating.
Casentino: is a finishing technique that can be performed on: knitted bases in silk, mohair, cashmere or wool.
After the 1500s, an attempt was made to improve the waterproofness of Casentino fabric with rock alum. The wool workers, therefore wanted to obtain something new and which could become characteristic or the famous orange color.
Indeed, the dye and after engraving with the aluminum, gives this orange effect that we like so much. A mistake that was so successful that it gave birth to the color we associate with green!
It was never fully understood, when the classic loop in fabric was born.
The machine that is used for this type of technique is however called the ratinatrice and is perhaps of French origin.
This technique, creates a gentle peeling and refers to the ancient technique of Tuscan casentino. At the Forza Giovane Embroidery, we are able to carry out this process exclusively with the use of historical machinery
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