IT_4 | The art of embroidery, sewing and weaving
Many women with no work and study prospects had a future thanks to the embroidery, sewing and weaving schools of Novilara (1929) and Candelara (1942). There, in addition to learning a trade, they received training through reading, songs, prayers, sports and theatrical activities. Testimony of their work can be found in the Parish School museum. One of its rooms exhibits sewing tools and materials, alongside embroidery artifacts. On the walls are exposed different types of haberdashery. A corridor contains carded and non-carded wool of various colours. Finally, there is an electric carding room, forbidden to girls because they are dangerous. The client’s room shows images documenting life in both schools, specimens of industrial machines and a wide range of artifacts. A corner of the museum is dedicated to Egizia Bargossi, creator of Textile Art, teacher and skilled artist, appreciated both in Italy and around the world. Visiting the museum means retracing the lives of our ancestors, appreciating their industriousness and great competence, and understanding the key principles of sewing, embroidery and fabric that are the basis of what we buy so carelessly at present. Today, the relevance of an embroidery school for girls and boys gathers broad consensus.
(Image: © Maria Rosa Tomasello)