The Orditi Digitali applied weaving workshop is located in Scario, in the gulf of Policastro, (Cilento – southern Italy), in an area with a strong landscape-naturalistic value, with good potential for integrated development (enhancement). It contributes to the diversification of the rural economy and combines aspects of tradition (weaving with manual loom) with technological innovation (e.g. use of 3D printer, use of laser-cut, smart textile) for the creation of clothing and design objects of medium-small size, also acting as an attractor to bring a young population naturally inclined to use new technologies towards the ancient crafts.
In choosing the place, my roots were important. I was born in San Giovanni a Piro, on the slopes of Mount Bulgheria, and, even if for family reasons we soon moved to Salerno, i never spent a whole year without spending at least a week in Scario, a hamlet of San Giovanni a Piro, a small fishing village transformed in recent years into the small Capri of Cilento, the place where when I return I breathe the light air of home. Weaving recalls slowness, time slows down and the use of technology and the web simultaneously allows you to feel and be in the contemporary world.
Inside the laboratory essentially fabrics and trimmings are produced and the production process is fully managed, including the design (sketches, drawings, research of materials, choice of colors, weaves, etc.), installation on the loom, the finish of the piece. Fabrics and trimmings will be used to make sandals, slippers, belts, and other design objects (furniture or functional).
The use of the 3D printer with hemp, wood,tomato, or cork filaments will be one of the elements of innovation for the production of buckles and other finishes, as well as the integration, in a second phase, in fabrics made of smart-textile components (eg. sensors, programmable luminous filaments, etc.). I will work to revive the artisan traditions of the territory in contemporary design, following a path in which respect for the environment is the aim to be pursued, focusing on the creation of lines that mainly use plant materials from the agricultural sector or materials of animal origin supporting the short supply chain and natural colors. In line with the strong aspiration to create ecologically sustainable products, products that use waste materials from textile industries, or that give new life to garments no longer used and re-proposed in other forms with weaving grafts that design the line of continuity from old to new.