From 25 to November 27 2016, in Pistoia takes place the event Arts & Crafts, in the evocative and former industrial spaces of the so-called Cattedrale (Breda’s factories) just outside the ancient walls of town.
Pistoia is at the centre of an area rich in tradition. In 2017 it will be the Capital of Italian Culture and with this event aims to showcase high-quality handicrafts.
There will be plenty to see: from textile art to furnishings and design, to fashion clothing and accessories, from tableware to food design. Furthermore the event will be accompanied by an exhibition (Galleria dell’Artigianato Artistico della Toscana) of objects from over 60 atelier-workshops, symbols of Tuscan creativity and handicraft.
There will be also many themed walks in the historic centre of Pistoia. Visitors will be invited to stroll right into “vie dei mestieri”, the tortuous streets around Piazza Duomo, one of the most fascinating squares of Italy.
Once I was strolling down a little street in Prati neighborhood in Rome and a particular shop window captured my attention, nested between a tourist guide shop and a coffee shop. There were beautiful hats hanging around but what really struck me were the racks of hat wooden shapes I noticed through the window.
I thought it was a lovely display and I immediately wanted to see more behind that door.
Inside, the shop leads to the workshop on the back and it opens to a millinery heaven.