Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti
In the midst of the First World War, a housewife turned elementary school director travelled by horse-drawn carriage through the Italian countryside surrounding the city of Perugia to oversee each of the small rural schools. As she travelled, Giuditta Brozzetti became curious about the noises coming from many of the farmers’ homes. Entering the homes, she discovered the noise was coming from the looms kept by the farmers’ wives, which they used to weave traditional textiles.
Giuditta Brozzetti was a pioneering female entrepreneur, establishing her workshop/school in the early 20th century
Fascinated and inspired by the textiles, Brozzetti founded a workshop/school dedicated to the production of high quality artistic textiles for the home. Since that time, a passion for the art of hand-weaving textiles on antique wooden looms has been passed down through the generations of the Brozzetti family, from mother to daughter, with each generation personalizing the production according to her own inspiration.
Four generations later, the Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti is one of the few remaining traditional frame hand weaving workshops in Italy. Today, the workshop is located inside the Church of San Francesco delle Donne in the medieval city of Perugia, Italy.
The fabrics are woven using the original antique looms and following the same traditional techniques Giuditta Brozzetti helped to ensure were carried on nearly a century ago. The patterns they produce are reminiscent of great medieval and renaissance textile traditions in Italy, and particularly in the Umbria region.
Using the funds provided by the TreadRight Heritage Initiative grants program, Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti has established educational tools for spreading the tradition of weaving, and also built e-commerce capabilities enabling increased online sales, providing a stable source of income for the community-based cooperative.