Speaking of Made in Italy quality means talking about all those qualities that contribute to the success of a fabric or a unique piece.
A l’Opificio creation is a product that combines the ability to select materials in a style that seems to be simple, but that implies attention to colour, comfort and refinement of materials, with an additional asset, the human element found only in a creation of superior craftsmanship, with attention to detail, from beginning to end.
A long journey that develops over time, an expression of culture and savoir-faire, a synthesis of knowledge and vision of the future. A calibrated path, without pomp or ostentation, which prefers precious materials, decorative motifs, details, relatively simple forms and couture workmanship.
Silk, linen, cotton, wool, viscose: natural fibres that breathe and live in time. Produced in compliance with human health and the environment. For the total well being of both formaldehyde is not used.
Sinuous weaves. A repetitive sound that hides complex thoughts. Advanced machinery, create precious weaves, products of the creativity and imagination of enthusiastic and highly trained technicians.
Living material which lives with you modifying according to the place and time. A unique patina and unrepeatable style comes with use and will be yours alone.
The patience typical of ancient craft techniques. Valuable handcraftsmanship that time has not changed. In tailoring the cut fabrics are sewn and give life to creation. A delicate process, assigned to watchful eyes and skilled hands, which are dedicated for long hours to each creation.
Hands caress the fabric. Every phase of production is punctuated by controls. A careful analysis meter by meter.
An experienced eye passes over the finished creation in a thorough analysis of stitches, seams, measurements and details and the product acquires a unique handcrafted perfection.
Creations that do not follow fashion, but are never out of time, bought to keep forever, never out of fashion because they are special and unique.
Each creation combines Italian douceur, Art, fashion: the art of living 100% Made in Italy.
How is made
Sartorial technique: THE PATCHWORK
Born as a technique for recovering materials, patchwork over the years has showcased the artistic talents of its creators, up to becoming a kind of fantasy and reappearing in the work of designers such as Cavalli and Marras. “A sartorial technique, a part of the history of applied arts, a fabric composed of different materials, a trend”. Patchwork means first of all a work that is created by combining various kinds of different fabrics, sewn together that give life to a play of colours and shapes. The technique, originally, was centred on the production of quilts. The origin of the patchwork dates from 3400 BC in Egypt, but it is during the period of American colonization, with populations of England, Holland, Germany and France, that it reached its maximum expansion. The idea of using patches in clothing began from necessity. The women of the house used it to repair worn clothes using pieces of cloth in a rudimentary way. The application of different patches of fabric on the same clothes gave rise to random and multicolour patterns defined as “crazy”: a practice that was fashionable in the Victorian period, around the nineteenth century, to adorn carriages with brocade, silk and velvet. Up to 20th century it was mainly focused on the preparation of quilts. In 1911 Sonia Delaunay, an artist interested in graphics, painting, furniture and fashion, created the first work of abstract art applied to a patchwork bedspread. Over recent years, patchwork has invaded the world of fashion from Roberto Cavalli to Hermes, passing through Missoni, Miu Miu and Marras.
What’s the meaning of “Formaldehyde”?
Formaldehyde is the simplest aldehyde, it is an organic compound with the formula CH2O or HCHO, its CAS number is 50-00-0. In 37% aqueous solution is commercially called formalin. In these terms it seems the generic definition of a chemical commonly used substance: in fact it is for domestic use but whit a very high rate of toxicity by contact and inhalation .
The International fellowships in cancer research, the AIRC, have included it in the list of carcinogenic substances since 2004: the exposure to large quantities of formaldehyde is in fact potentially lethal. For the reasons that we have just talked about we could think that the formaldehyde is banned from the commerce but unfortunately it isn’t. For the legislation using this substance is not allowed in great measure but the use in low dosages is permitted, so the danger for health is not reset. It is used as a potent bactericidal in household disinfectants and in many products as glues, resins, solvents, insulating foams, in food preservative and (unbeknown of consumers) also in the textile production where it is employed to improve the dimensional stability and the crease resistance neglecting its harmful effects. Are really necessary these types of treatment? Are we really willing to expose ourselves to this type of substance, comfortably sitting on the sofa (covered of soft fabric with formaldehyde)? l’Opificio makes no compromises and demonstrates that fabrics could high quality produced in a sustainable way. l’Opificio’s fabrics do not contain formaldehyde and other types of harmful substances.
CARE AND WASHING INSTRUCTIONS
Talking about the interior home decoration there is one very important rule to follow: dry cleaning. It is important to keep the fabrics and the velvets in their original quality as long as possible. In fact, a new fabric tends to stain less because of the treatment for the final finishing, which preserves the fabric, but disappears every time the fabric is being washed. That is the reason why the fabric becomes less stain resistant. It is also important to remind that textile fabrics are living material. Even the best silk textile will shrink if it is exposed to a dry climate, and, on the contrary, it will get longer in case of humidity.
VELVETS AND FURNISHING FABRICS
In order to keep your fabrics and velvets perfectly fresh and clean, just brush them regularly or vacuum them with appropriate accessories. Curtains, upholstery and carpets need a dry cleaning service. Please, always give them to wash to the most qualified and professional operators. Never let the stains on them for long time.
SILK VELVETS AND FURNISHING FABRICS
These fabrics and precious velvets should be washed separately and dry cleaned in order to maintain over time the special iridescent effect and the unique brilliance.
LINEN VELVETS AND FURNISHING FABRICS
Do not rub the stains, but blot them with a damp white cloth in water and eventually dry. In case of upholstery or wall coverings, being linen flax-static, no dust is retained in its fibers. It is therefore sufficient to vacuum or brush and, in case of stains, use special detergents to dry.
SOFT HOME FURNISHING: CUSHIONS, QUILTS, BEDSPREADS, POUFS, DECORATIVE MATTRESSES
A few and easy care instructions to follow during the washing process will give your item l’Opificio many years of enjoyment. We suggest you use dry cleaning only; quilted articles and cushions should be basted before laundering. For cotton velvets articles pressure marks can easily be eliminated using a steam iron without touching the fabrics. For these articles we advice dry cleaning to maintain the water and stain resistance treatment.
VELVET FOR INTERIOR DECORATION
Please follow carefully the instructions you find on the label attached to each item and on the labels inside of it.