Romagna is an inspiration for us in very different ways.
Its traditions are the main topic of our research and interest.
First things first to know about our folklore
Romagna (Romagnol: Rumâgna) is an Italian historical region that approximately corresponds to the south-eastern portion of present-day Emilia-Romagna, North Italy. Traditionally, it is limited by the Apennines to the south-west, the Adriatic to the east, and the rivers Reno and Sillaro to the north and west. The region's major cities include Cesena, Faenza, Forlì, Imola, Ravenna, Rimini and City of San Marino (San Marino is a landlocked state inside the Romagna historical region). Here Romagnolo dialect is spoken.
- Mangano means "machine that produces strength" and it is a wheel press built in 1633 in order to smooth, stretch and luster fabric, making it compact. Wheels like these were widely described and depicted by Leonardo da Vinci in his design projects and they were also to be seen in paintings by Bruegel. The Mangano operates thanks to the balance between a wheel and a huge rock at its side. The wheel acts as a lever and moves the rock which has the important task to stretch and smooth the fabric. The Mangano turns as soon as a person enters the wheel: with his/her weight he/she interferes with the original balance and therefore he/she causes the rock to be lifted. The fabric is then wound around rollers of wood called "subbi". The rollers are positioned below the rock and follow the same movement of the stone, back and forth, allowing for the ironing of the fabric.
- Caveja it’s considered the main symbol of Romagna folklore. The name comes from peasant traditions and a steel rod welded to an upper end decorated with rings and allegorical images. The most common symbols, inserted between decorative elements, are those of the rooster, the crescent, the Sun, the eagle and some Christian symbols, including the Cross and the Dove.
- Rust printing tecnique, a typical product of Romagna, dates back to the 18th century, when the peasants covered the animals with cloths bearing a medallion printed with the image of Saint Anthony (protector of the agricultural world and livestock).
Other representations and drawings belong to the heritage of popular art, in turn derived from the peasant tradition: roaster, caveja, grapes, ears of wheat, etc. The molds are hand-carved in pear wood, on these a coloring paste of mineral origin is applied with colors ranging from blue to green, to red to rust that is obtained through the chemical reaction with iron oxide, then mixed with white flour and vinegar according to proportions and dosages kept by the artisans.
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