Visit a historical printing house in the Marche region and meet an experienced artisan who will teach you the theory and practice of rust printing on fabric. This special activity has been handed down for six generations, originally in the province of Arezzo and later in Carpegna, in the heart of Montefeltro, since the early 1900s.
Get to know and use ancient printing and color fixing techniques that survive to this day. A product printed with rust is unique; unlike other prints, such as screen printing, the design is visible on both sides of the fabric because the color is made from real iron rust that is inextricably fixed to the textile fibers.
The protagonists of the workshop will be the molds carved by hand from seasoned wood and the characteristic rust color still obtained from an ancient mixture of wheat flour, wine vinegar and soft iron rust. You will also learn about local dye plants and see up close ancient textiles made from natural fibers typical of the area (such as hemp and linen).
After a tour of the print shop and an excursus on its history, you can experience the thrill of hands-on making your own rust-colored print on a sheet of straw paper - which you can immediately take away with you, or a fabric item (which requires to be dried, fixed in water and ironed) which will be delivered directly to your home.