Renowned all over the world, the words Made in Italy are synonymous with excellence and high-quality craftsmanship. In Campania there are numerous traditional products that contribute to flying the Italian flag in the wider world; stories of local products which have been handed down over time and played their part in creating a genuine source of wealth and culture.
The Campania Region seeks to promote and enhance this value, and the Handmade Handmade in Campania portal is founded with the aim of bringing together artisan workshops and producers and offering them a showcase which can facilitate dialogue between producers and institutions and at the same time be easy to consult for visitors (both real and virtual) who wish to learn more about our excellent products.
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Culture and Land
Craftsmanship is an essential component of our cultural heritage and, at the same time, a dynamic force in the economic panorama of our local businesses. museums dedicated to artistic objects and traditional skills are widespread throughout the region, evidence of the desire of local artisans to revisit their history and their roots.
When it comes to coral in Campania, there's no question: Torre del Greco is the quintessential place for working with it. We're on the sloped of Vesuvius, right in the centre of the Gulf of Naples. The natives of Torres took their boats (and their courage) and travelled first to the sea around Corsica and then as far as the African coast to collect their raw material. It was an extremely lucrative trade for Torre del Greco, dubbed "the kingdom's gold sponge" by Ferdinand IV of Bourbon for the enormous revenue generated by the hunt for the red stone.
NEAPOLITAN CRECHE ART
The creche symbolises Christmas in the Christian tradition, and it finds its finest expression in Naples. Via San Gregorio Armeno and the surrounding streets offer visitors an extensive series of artisan workshops and craftsmen at work all year round. Creating a nativity scene demands ingenuity and imagination. The classic cork creches, increasingly elaborate, appear alongside some truly original artefacts. One example is the world's smallest creche, on the head of a pin.
Silk from San Leucio can be admired in the world's most beautiful and historic buildings: the Vatican, the Quirinale, Buckingham Palace and the Oval Office in the White House. Originally a hunting reserve, in 1778 the original Belvedere palace near Caserta became, at the behest of Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, a genuine community, with housing for the silk workers and free, obligatory training for all. The idea rapidly found success, and demands for the fabrics produced by the community, known as the "Real Colonia Serica di San Leucio" came from far and wide.
SORRENTO INLAY WORK
Sorrento inlay is an ancient woodworking technique that consists of creating images using very fine sheets of different-coloured woods, alternating or set between other materials such as ivory or mother-of-pearl, depending on the item being produced. In the later 19th century this was an extremely sought-after trade. Sorrento was a popular resort among well-known figures and wealthy noble families who, hearing of the craft, commissioned furniture and objects for their homes, effectively contributing to the development and spread of Sorrento inlay work.
The first Guild of Goldsmiths was founded in Naples in the 13th century to oversee quality and production methods. Even back then, hallmarks were obligatory to show the purity of the metal used. In 1400, goldsmiths settled in the centre of Naples, which became the Antico Borgo Orefici, and although initially they worked with the French to produce jewellery, they soon learned the secrets of gold-working and developed their own Neapolitan tradition, renowned all over Europe.
The production of ceramics is traditional in many regions of Italy, but Campania boasts several centres of excellence. One of the most ancient of these is undoubtedly Ariano Irpino. Evidence of this is the discovery of a Roman kiln and fragments of ceramics dating back to the Byzantine and Angevin periods. Angevin documents attest that in the year 1200, Ariano already boasted a guild of ceramicists, who were taxed on their business, along with the traders who sold their products.