For seven generations, the Pascucci family has handed down secrets, recipes and know-how to obtain today the same exquisite prints of the past: fascinating, permanent, versatile and creative. The resulting products are therefore characterised not only by their fine quality, but also by their peculiar, unique history.
Over 3000 hand-carved blocks
Over our long history, the members of our family have accumulated more than 3000 blocks. Hand-carved on pear tree wood, resistant to mallet blows, these blocks are not only the matrices for our prints, but also a work of art in themselves. Their designs tell the story of our Bottega.
At first there was only rust, obtained from oxidised iron
Today, along with it there are many, many more, and not only printed but also painted on the fabric; they are composed of a mysterious mixture of wheat flour and pigments. Our recipes for colours are top secret, and they are passed down from one generation to the next.
After being dipped in the colour paste, our printing blocks are then placed on the fabric and hit with a mallet
Once, twice, three times… and all the times required by the shape of the textile. With a steady hand and a lifetime’s experience, the tools of our trade are masterfully held and used to create unique, genuine products.
After printing, textiles are hanged to dry on reeds for a whole night
When the fabric is dry, the prints must be developed and fixed. This is done with two different types of baths: a basic solution for rust and natural colours, and warm water and acid for all the others.
Our Bottega still displays a massive ironing machine built in 1826
This is made of a heavy wooden crate full of river stones, which was pulled by a winch to iron fabrics before and after printing.