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Fūryū

FŪRYŪ 風流 is the new collection born from the encounter between Japan and Italy

Precious silks and brocades of second-hand and perfectly preserved “Obi” beltstraditionally worn with kimonos, are shown in refined Italian leather bags thanks to the know-how of our leather craftsmen from Bergamo.

The term fūryū in modern Japanese means “elegant” but in a contemporary interpretation influenced by Zen philosophy, it would mean wind and flowing water linked to an idea of ​​naturalness, instantaneity and ephemeral beauty to express an ideal of life as similar as possible to that of nature.

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Tafoukt

The TAFOUKT   collection, an artisanal collaboration between Algeria and Italy.

While in Algeria, the Algerian hanbels caught the attention of Eleonora Rocca and after months of research the collection of bags called “TAFOUKT” was born at the end of 2020.

Tafoukt is a feminine Berber word meaning “sun”, represented in ancient times by the goddess Tafoukt, a creative female power that brings warmth and life. We have chosen a feminine Berber word to emphasize how in this culture it is the women who weave and how the symbols represented are linked to the female universe.

Once magnificent pieces of old nomad carpets which had now lost their original function had been chosen, our two master leather craftsmen gave them a new life. Through their hard work and their know-how, they have managed to combine the purity of the wool of nomadic rugs with the nobility of Italian leather.

Each creation preserves their original symbolic meaning as a treasure and, through a research work, we try to decode these symbols to let you discover them. In fact, for each creation a technical sheet has been prepared that provides additional details on the symbolism and origin of the specific piece.

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Gli hanbela collection of symbols and stories

The hanbels are usually woven by women. Originally, they were not intended for marketing but for domestic use (blankets, curtains, carpets, etc.). Their design offered the weaver the opportunity to express herself and convey ideas or messages according to her inspiration. The motifs often touch upon fundamental life issues such as fertility, birth and family life. The ancient Berber carpets contain very powerful symbols, which are all stories left by these weavers to subsequent generations. Their conservation is therefore an essential historical issue. The hanbel in some areas are unfortunately endangered, in particular those of El Golea and Guergour (Setif). By giving a second life to some of these old rugs, the “Tafoukt” collection tries to make its contribution to this conservation.

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Zooh

ZOOH is the collection born from the encounter between the weavers of Ivory Coast and the leather masters of Italy

This first collection was born from the marriage of precious fabrics from Côte d’Ivoire and exclusive Italian Leathers, to create something beautiful, elegant, cool, ZOOH. In Nouchi, the word ‘ZOOH’ is a very common word, used to describe something that is “beautiful, elegant, cool”.

The cotton of the bags and belts is woven by hand by Ivorian Baoulé artisans in the villages between Yamoussoukro and Bouaké, on wooden looms (also handmade), following an ancestral technique used in this region for centuries.  All ZOOH creations are manufactured entirely in Italy by leather craftsmen in the province of Bergamo, drawing upon the country’s deeply rooted sartorial tradition.

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The art of weaving Baoulé fabrics

ZOOH collection textiles are woven by hand using raw cotton. These textiles are woven in strips on upright frame wooden looms, following an ancestral technique used in this region for centuries. The raw cotton thread is woven into 10-cm-wide strips of fabric on upright frame looms operated by foot and by hand.

The individual strips are cut and zigzagged stitched together in order to create a so-called pagne. This latter is traditionally worn draped around the body during ceremonies and special events.

The motifs are designed by the artisans in keeping with the traditional patterns from their region. The colors and textures are unique to each piece of fabric, whose individual particularities are deliberately preserved in the final ZOOH product. Eleonora Rocca sources the fabrics directly from the local craftsmen in their villages and therefore makes sure that all artisans receive a fair price for their work.

 

 

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